Monday, January 26, 2009

Obama Nominates Jon Wellinghoff Acting FERC Chairman

Jon Wellinghoff, right, was named Acting Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) by President Barack Obama on January 23, 2009. FERC is the agency that oversees wholesale electric transactions and interstate electric transmission and gas transportation in the United States. A member of the Commission since 2006, the U.S. Senate reconfirmed him to a full, five-year FERC term in December 2007. Acting Chairman Wellinghoff is an energy law specialist with more than 30 years experience in the field.

Before joining FERC, he was in private practice and focused exclusively on client matters related to renewable energy, energy efficiency and distributed generation. While in the private sector, Acting Chairman Wellinghoff represented an array of clients from federal agencies, renewable developers, and large consumers of power to energy efficient product manufacturers and clean energy advocacy organizations. While in private practice, Acting Chairman Wellinghoff was the primary author of the Nevada Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Act. Education: Antioch School of Law, Washington, D.C., JD, 1975; Howard University, Washington, D.C., M.A.T., Mathematics, 1972; University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, BS, Mathematics, 1971.

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