Senate Confirms Wellinghoff For Another FERC Term

The U.S. Senate has confirmed former Nevada consumer advocate Jon Wellinghoff to another five-year term on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Wellinghoff was first nominated to the commission in 2005 by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The Senate confirmed his reappointment on Wednesday to a new term that begins in June.

In a statement, Reid praised Wellinghoff's efforts and commitment to enhance energy efficiency and promote renewable energy.

An energy and utility lawyer, Wellinghoff wrote the 2001 state law that requires investor-owned electric utilities to get increasing percentages of their power load from renewable energy sources.

He also wrote the bill that created the Nevada Office of Consumer Advocate in 1981 and served two terms in that post.