Past Preview Speaker

Jon Wellinghoff

Former Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

The immediate past chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Jon Wellinghoff is an internationally recognized energy expert. A “new breed” of chairman according to the Washington Post, he represents a monumental shift in energy policy. The longest serving chair of the FERC, he brings to the table 40 years of leadership and expertise in the energy sector. Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, his presentations are an exciting look at the state of energy in our nation, including what the future holds, the role of cyber and physical security, and the politics of energy policy and regulation. One of the nation’s preeminent voices on energy issues, he shares eye-opening visuals and can’t miss insights.

FERC Expertise. After joining the FERC in 2006, Wellinghoff became chairman in 2009, and during his tenure, he advocated for building a stronger national power grid through the use of renewable energies like wind and solar power, working to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign energy. He also backed the growth of U.S. hybrid vehicles and the creation of a national “smart grid” power source. He worked to make the U.S. power grid cleaner and more efficient, integrating emerging resources such as renewable energy and demand response, including energy efficiency and local storage systems such as those in plug-in hybrid and all electric vehicles. He championed the agency’s landmark Order 1000, which required grid planners and public utilities to coordinate regional power line projects and encouraged the integration of solar and wind installations.

As chairman, he also created FERC’s Office of Energy Policy and Innovation, which is responsible for investigating and promoting new efficient technologies and practices, and oversaw development of the National Assessment of Demand Response Potential and the National Action Plan for Demand Response. He also established three top priorities: the integration of renewable energy sources into the electric grid; the implementation of advanced technologies that make energy use and distribution more efficient; and the promotion of demand-side energy practices, including real-time electricity pricing and the use of electric cars.