NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jon Wellinghoff, the longest serving chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and renowned leader in sustainability policy, has joined intelligent energy management solutions provider Zen Ecosystems as a strategic advisor.
Wellinghoff will provide Zen Ecosystems with strategic market development insight from his experience connecting disruptive energy systems with traditional utility structures. Wellinghoff will also tap into decades of operational leadership to facilitate Zen Ecosystems’ demand response integration with more utilities and municipalities.
“Zen Ecosystems supports a key customer base of small- to mid-size enterprises, a group largely overlooked by energy management companies,” said Wellinghoff. “Filling that crucial market gap for both customers and utilities will help bolster our increasingly connected grid ecosystem.”
During his tenure at FERC, Wellinghoff oversaw the implementation of innovative energy market policies designed to improve the efficiency of the U.S. power system. Wellinghoff is primarily responsible for FERC Orders 745 and 755, which elevated demand response and energy storage in wholesale electric markets. At advisory firm GridPolicy, Inc., Wellinghoff helps innovative companies like Tesla Inc. expand their own distributed energy resource technologies and strategies.
“We are extremely honored to have Jon join our ranks,” said Zen Ecosystems CEO James McPhail. “His sustainability leadership and regulatory prowess will guide our business decisions as we continue to provide underserved markets with energy management technologies.”
Wellinghoff’s advisory role with Zen Ecosystems follows the recent completion of Zen Ecosystems’ Series B equity investment round, in addition to its recognition as one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Energy.
About Zen Ecosystems
Zen Ecosystems provides intelligent energy management solutions to businesses and consumers. Zen HQ is an energy management system designed for the unique needs of businesses and utilities to provide insights and control over multisite commercial energy usage while delivering the fastest payback in the market. The Zen Thermostat is a beautiful, simple connected device for home and business that also enables multi system operators to enhance the customer experience. Fast Company has recognized Zen Ecosystems as one of its “Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Energy” for 2018. Learn more at http://zenecosystems.com/