Jim Beh has more than 30 years of experience representing electric utilities, natural gas distribution companies, merchant generators, and other entities in complex litigation and compliance matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
He has been a key participant in important proceedings regarding the development of competitive wholesale markets. Jim has counseled traditional utility companies and competitive transmission developers undertaking new transmission investments, has obtained FERC approval for formula transmission service rates and rate incentives to support critical transmission investments, and has handled significant cases concerning cost responsibility for transmission system upgrades associated with new generation investment. He also has represented electric generators in major cases concerning capacity markets in California, New England, New York, and PJM.
Jim has been an effective advocate in a number of precedent-setting proceedings, including litigation arising from the California energy crisis and the redesign of the competitive markets in New England. Most recently, he represented a broad coalition of power generators in successfully challenging aspects of ISO New England's Forward Capacity Market to ensure that the market operates efficiently and supports new investment.
In connection with FERC's expanding enforcement initiatives, Jim successfully defended a large diversified energy company against a complaint brought by the Connecticut Attorney General alleging that the company had engaged in unlawful market manipulation.
With regard to mergers and acquisitions, Jim has obtained FERC approvals for numerous transactions and has counseled electric utilities and other clients regarding regulatory issues impacting potential acquisitions, mergers, and other FERC-jurisdictional transactions.
Jim is a member of the American Bar Association and the Energy Bar Association.
New England Power Generators Association successfully challenges New England capacity market pricing rules
Xcel Energy acquires two power plants from Calpine for $739 million
Constellation defends against complaint brought before Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Honors & Distinctions
Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2009-2011, 2015), where sources praise the clear, precise guidance he provides, and say that he does a very good job managing a matter and working with a client's position The Best Lawyers in America - energy law (2012-2016)