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Former FERC Chairman and Nevada Consumer Advocate Wellinghoff Joins Board of Clean Energy Project

LAS VEGAS (July 7, 2017) - The Clean Energy Project (CEP) announced today that Jon Wellinghoff, the CEO and Founder of Policy/DER Consulting, will be joining its Board of Directors. Wellinghoff is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in energy policy and his firm is dedicated to furthering deployment and investment in clean sustainable distributed energy resources (DERS).

“As a highly respected leader in advocating for energy policy that supports Nevada’s and the nation’s growing and dynamic clean energy industry, it is an honor to have Jon join our efforts. His extensive knowledge and understanding of the economic and environmental advantages of clean energy development make him an invaluable asset,” said Karen Wayland, Executive Director for CEP.

Prior to founding his own energy consulting firm, Wellinghoff was the Chief Policy Officer for SolarCity, overseeing all regulatory and legislative policy for the company. Before that, he served as partner and co-chair of the Energy Law Practice at the law firm of Stoel Rives, representing clients in the US, China, Australia, and Europe.  During his tenure at Stoel Rives, Wellinghoff specialized in working with clients in emerging energy technology fields on issues ranging from energy storage, demand response, big energy data analytics and distributed generation.

In 2006, Wellinghoff received the first of two Presidential appointments to serve on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), first as Commissioner and then as Chairman from 2009-2013, making him the longest serving chair in the agency’s history.  Wellinghoff led efforts to make the US power grid cleaner and more efficient during his tenure at FERC by promoting the integration of renewable energy, demand response, energy efficiency and storage.  He also championed FERC’s landmark Order 1000, requiring grid operators to integrate solar and wind resources into their networks, created FERC’s Office of Energy Policy and Innovation, and oversaw the development of the Office of Energy Infrastructure Security.

Wellinghoff previously served as General Counsel at the Nevada Public Utilities Commission and was Nevada’s first Consumer Advocate for utility consumers. In that position, he pioneered legislation that integrated renewable energy and distributed energy resources into wholesale electric markets. His work was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark case EPSA v. FERC.

“With Jon’s extensive experience and knowledge working on development, distribution and investment in emerging energy technologies, he will be invaluable to CEP as we work to build broader understanding of energy policy issues at the state, regional and national level.  In particular, Jon knows Nevada and is intimately familiar with how clean energy policies can grow Nevada’s clean energy industry and that also make sense for the consumer.  It is a great fit for our organization,” said Wayland.

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