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Renewables champion resigns from US energy regulator

UNITED STATES: The US wind industry is losing a key supporter after Jon Wellinghoff submitted his resignation as chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Ferc).

Wind champion John Wellinghoff resigns from Ferc
Wind champion John Wellinghoff resigns from Ferc

Wellinghoff led a push to remove barriers to the integration of renewable energy on the electric grid during four years at the helm of Ferc, most notably through far-reaching new rules for transmission. The agency’s landmark Order 1000 in 2011 revamped the way new power lines were planned and paid for, helping break a log jam that was blocking new investment in the power grid.

"He deserves a lot of credit for the much-needed transmission infrastructure expansion that is taking place around the country," says Rob Gramlich, senior vice-president of the American Wind Energy Association.

Wellinghoff will remain at Ferc until the US Senate confirms his successor, who has not been chosen but whose stance on renewable energy integration will have a major impact on the agency’s focus in the future.

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