Each year, the Chamber joins with the Business Council of Douglas County and the Northern Nevada Development Authority to present this Joint Breakfast meeting. Our Speaker will be Jon Wellinghoff who is the CEO and founder of GridPolicy, Inc. The firm is dedicated to furthering the deployment of and investment in clean sustainable distributed energy resources (DERs). GridPolicy 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 Chief Policy Officer at SolarCity, the largest provider of distributed solar energy systems in the U.S., where he 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.
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). 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.
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.