Former FERC Chairman and Battery Storage CEO Join Voltus Strategic Advisory Board
Voltus announces today the addition of Jon Wellinghoff and Phil Giudice to its Strategic Advisory Board.
SAN FRANCISCO and BOSTON, June 1, 2017 – Voltus, Inc., a leading provider of cash-generating energy products, announced today that Jon Wellinghoff and Phil Giudice have joined its Strategic Advisory Board.
“Jon and Phil are legends in the energy industry with a combined 80 years of leadership experience that will help effect Voltus’s market direction, regulatory influence, product roadmap, and growth initiatives. Be it global, federal, state, public, or private, they’ve left their imprimatur on some of the most positive, landmark changes in the energy industry,” said Gregg Dixon, Voltus CEO. “We are thrilled that they’ve agreed to join forces with our team to reinvigorate the demand response industry and continue leveling the playing field for distributed energy resources of all types.”
Mr. Wellinghoff is an internationally-heralded champion of distributed energy resources and renewable energy and a Principal at Policy/DER. Most recently, Jon was the Chief Policy Officer for SolarCity. Jon was first appointed as a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) by President George W. Bush in 2006. He was named Chairman of FERC by President Barack Obama in 2009 and is perhaps best known for his authorship and implementation of FERC Order 745. FERC Order 745 catalyzed demand response as the “killer app” of the smart grid and was the subject of a Supreme Court of the United States battle that ultimately cemented demand response under the jurisdiction of FERC in wholesale energy markets. During his tenure at FERC, Jon also championed opening wholesale electric markets to renewable resources and various forms of distributed resources including energy efficiency, local energy storage systems, and plug-in electric vehicles.
Jon earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Nevada, his masters in mathematics teaching from Howard University, and his law degree from Antioch University.
Mr. Giudice has more than 40 years of leadership experience across a broad spectrum of the energy industry, and is currently the CEO of Ambri, an energy storage company started at MIT, where it invented liquid metal batteries. Previously, Phil served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as Undersecretary of Energy and as Commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources, the state agency with primary responsibility for fulfilling Governor Deval Patrick’s vision for a clean energy future. Phil served as the National Association of State Energy Officers (NASEO) board chair as well as on the US Department of Energy’s State Energy Advisory Board, Energy Efficiency and Renewables Advisory Committee, and State Energy Efficiency Action Network.
Prior to his service in the Patrick-Murray Administration, Phil was Senior Vice President and board member at EnerNOC. He was previously a senior partner and leader of Mercer Management Consulting’s global energy utilities practice for 20 years. Phil is a geologist (B.S. from University of New Hampshire and M.S. in Economic Geology from the University of Arizona) and a management professional (M.B.A. from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth).
“As we choose candidates for our strategic advisory board, we look for folks who combine tremendous experience and results with the kindred spirit of the Voltus culture: bright, gritty, and good. Jon and Phil exemplify the kinds of leaders we seek counsel from . . . folks who think big, expect a lot from themselves and their teammates, and put potential into action. We’re excited to drive results from the guidance they provide.”
About Voltus, Inc.
Voltus represents the “potential of us” to better manage energy through simple, cost-free energy management products. Our commercial and industrial customers generate cash by allowing us to be their energy expert while we deliver innovative demand response, energy purchasing, and energy efficiency programs to them. It’s this simple: a customer signs up with Voltus and every quarter we deliver dollars. Voltus makes money when our customers make money by sharing the cash generated from working together. What’s more, there are significant community benefits that accompany working with Voltus – a cleaner, more reliable energy future and dollars invested back into your business and jobs instead of being wasted on a larger energy bill.