TREIA was fortunate to have the opportunity to hear from Chairman Wellinghoff. In addition to addressing the differences on renewable energy policy between the FERC and the State of Texas and areas where each could learn from the other Chairman Wellinghoff discussed Demand Response technology and the Smart Grid.

Russel Smith, TREIA Executive Director said, "I was particularly interested in Chairman Wellinghoff's strong support of state level renewable portfolio standards (RPS) as a primary means of developing markets. He speaks from experience, having authored Nevada's 1997 25% by 2025 RPS, helped shape standards in six other states, and monitored RPS successes across the U.S." Smith continued, "This state's RPS has resulted in over 10,000 megawatts of wind generation capacity. It included a modest 500 megawatt non-wind target focused on spurring solar, biomass, geothermal, and hydrokinetic installations which still awaits successful implementation at the Public Utility Commission."