Jon Wellinghoff

CEO and Founder of Policy/DER Inc.

Jon Wellinghoff is a Principal in the firm Policy/DER Consulting. The firm is dedicated to furthering the expanded deployment of and investment in clean sustainable distributed energy resources (DERs). DERs include solar PV, storage, demand response, efficiency, cogeneration, and the controls and data analytics necessary to optimize their use. Policy/DER works to remove regulatory 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 where he oversaw regulatory and legislative affairs on federal and state policy for the company. Jon was the longest serving Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC/2009-2013), where 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 his time at FERC, Jon worked to formulate new policies and rules to improve electric market efficiency and integrate new disruptive energy resources into wholesale energy markets.Prior to joining SolarCity, Jon served as partner at the law firm Stoel Rives, where he provided knowledge and experience in energy law and the development of clean energy technology, consulting on energy policy with leaders in the U.S., China, Australia and Europe. While at Stoel Rives, Jon represented clients in emerging energy technology fields including energy storage, demand response, big energy data analytics and distributed generation.