Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: Who Is Jon Wellinghoff?
On March 19, 2009, President Barack Obama named Jon Wellinghoff Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency that oversees wholesale electric transactions, interstate electric transmission and gas transportation in the United States. A member of the Commission since 2006, the Senate reconfirmed him to a full, five-year FERC term in December 2007. Shortly after his appointment by President Obama, Wellinghoff stated that climate change would be, “a big priority for me. From everything I’ve read, we’re in big trouble and we need to do everything we can to reduce our carbon footprint.”
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