CEO and Founder
Jon Wellinghoff is the CEO and founder of Policy/DER Consulting. The firm is dedicated to furthering the deployment of and investment in clean sustainable distributed energy resources (DERs). DERs include behind the meter solar PV, storage, demand response, efficiency, cogeneration, and the controls and data analytics necessary to optimize their use. Policy/DER works to remove regulatory, policy and institutional barriers to the widespread adoption of cost effective DER technologies and systems, assisting companies, governments, and consumers who market and/or operate such resources.
Jon was most recently a corporate officer at SolarCity, the largest provider of distributed solar energy systems in the U.S. There he held the title of Chief Policy Officer and oversaw all regulatory and legislative policy for the company.
Prior to joining SolarCity, he served as partner and co-chair of the Energy Law Practice at the law firm Stoel Rives, where he consulted on energy policy with leaders in the U.S., China, Australia and Europe. Jon represented clients in emerging energy technology fields including energy storage, demand response, big energy data analytics and distributed generation.
In 2006, Jon received his first of two Presidential appointments to serve as a Commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and was FERC’s longest serving Chairman (2009-2013). During his FERC tenure, he led efforts to make the U.S. power grid cleaner and more efficient by promoting and integrating renewable energy, demand response, energy efficiency and storage. He was known for his international expertise and thought leadership in energy policy, electric markets and the interface of disruptive energy systems with traditional utility structures.
During this time, he championed FERC’s landmark Order 1000, which required grid operators to integrate solar and wind resources into the network, created FERC’s Office of Energy Policy and Innovation to promote new efficient technologies, and oversaw development of the Office of Energy Infrastructure Security focused on cyber and physical security of our Nation’s energy grid assets.
Jon previously served in state government as General Counsel at the Nevada Public Utilities Commission and was Nevada’s first Consumer Advocate representing the interests of utility consumers. He has written extensively and been published on numerous subjects related to energy policy and practice in such publications as the Energy Bar Journal, Public Utilities Fortnightly, and GreenTech Media. He has lectured on distributed energy resources, energy market reform, and emerging grid structures at Stanford, MIT, Harvard, Princeton, and the Beijing Energy Club among other venues. Jon received a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Nevada, Reno, a M.A.T. in Mathematics from Howard University, and J.D. from Antioch School of Law. He currently calls Berkeley, California home.