A bureaucrat really can be a visionary: FERC Chair Jon Wellinghoff

December 1, 2010 at 7:10 pm

FERC Chair Jon Wellinghoff

FERC Chair Jon Wellinghoff

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chair Jon Wellinghoff is the smart grid’s top cheerleader among US federal officials. Recently profiled in the New York Times, Wellinghoff is “a lawyer and a public servant. But he is also a visionary, which makes him something of an oddity.”

His vision — which I first encountered when working with him in deregulation cases before the Nevada PUC over a decade ago — includes a strong belief that active consumers can increase the reliability and lower the costs of the grid. Wellinghoff also firmly believes that competitive markets can work. His ultimate goal: lower consumer energy bills achieved through demand response, energy efficiency, and distributed renewable generation.

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