As a member of Husch Blackwell's Energy & Natural Resources industry team, Beth brings more than three decades of experience to clients' legal needs in the electric power and natural gas industries, principally generation and transmission utilities and grid operators. Her engagements in the energy industry cover a range of issues. She had a key role in the startup of organized power and grid reliability markets, advising two of the nation's regional transmission organizations and continuing to advise clients on market issues across several regions. Beth was part of the initial management team at the California Independent System Operator Corp. (Cal-ISO), serving as General Counsel overseeing legal, regulatory, legislative, public information and market monitoring functions. She also served as the first in-house General Counsel of CPS Energy, the nation's largest municipally owned electric and gas utility.
Beth's energy projects have consisted of the following: advising on joint ownership documents governing the purchase and sale, or joint development, and operations issues for fossil fuel, hydroelectric and nuclear generation, as well as high voltage transmission projects; advising on restructuring of utilities, including the spin-out of assets from Oglethorpe Power Corp. to Georgia Transmission Corp. and Georgia System Operations Corp.; and representing clients on a variety of federal and state regulatory matters, integrating an understanding of regulatory constraints with expertise in transaction structures and implementation.
Beth's significant industry experience has included:
•Serving as lead counsel for co-development activities of Sunflower Electric Power, Mid-Kansas Electric and ITC Great Plains for high voltage transmission projects in the Southwest Power Pool.
Serving as lead counsel for Mid-Kansas Electric in designing and obtaining regulatory approval for formula rate that includes a regional transmission organization adder - the first in the nation for a nonprofit utility.
Obtaining the first retail electric provider certification in Texas after substantial reform and additional requirements were adopted in response to market failures.
Advising on expansion and reform of corporate compliance programs to integrate oversight of financial, regulatory and reliability compliance programs.
Beth grew up in Oklahoma and developed her first oil well with a group of women in 1981. She started her legal career advising the Rural Electrification Administration (REA), where she developed REA's rules implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and advised on billions of dollars of REA loan guarantees for new coal-fired and nuclear-generating projects. Before entering private practice, Beth served as a legal consultant to one of the first five members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), advising on gas certificate matters and regulations, including the Natural Gas Policy Act (NGPA).
Beth also brings to the team an inside counsel's perspective on value-added service, having established and/or substantially reorganized two large in-house legal departments, implementing document management, training and outside counsel budgeting and billing systems.
Awards and Recognitions
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
•National Breast Cancer Coalition, Wo(men) Who Make a Difference Grass Roots Advocacy Award, 2012
Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation, Board of Directors, 2010-present, Executive Committee and recording secretary, 2012-present
•Grace House Inc., volunteer mentor, 2008-2010; mentor advisor, 2010-present
•Habitat for Humanity San Antonio, 2006, 2007, 2008
•Methodist Youth Mission Trips to Progresso, Mexico, adult volunteer, 2005, 2006, 2007
•National Breast Cancer Coalition, Annual Advocacy Summit, delegate, 2009-2012; National Leadership Summit, 2013; Texas team leader, 2011-2013; Project LEAD Institute, graduate, 2009
•New Hope Housing Inc., Board of Directors, 2001-2003; Board Development and Strategic Planning Committee, chair, 2002-2003; Executive Committee, 2003; Gala Program, chair, 2002-2003
•San Antonio's Carver Community Cultural Center, Developmental Board, 2005-2010; Ad Hoc Lawyers' Committee; Internal Audit Committee, 2005-2006; Program and Development Committee, chair, 2007-present; Cavalcade of Stars fundraising gala, co-chair, 2006, secretary, 2006-2010; Executive Committee, 2006-2010
•United Way of San Antonio, Women's Leadership Council, 2003-2006; Bejar Society, 2008-present
•U.S. Agency for International Development Energy Training Program, National Advisory Committee, 1996-1999
•Washington Area Homeless Shelters, Income Tax Assistance Project, volunteer, 2002-2003
1.01.13 Transmission Beyond CREZ - What's (Not?) Happening, Texas transmission summit
Speaking Engagement Sweetwater, TX
9.05.12 Offshore Wind in New Jersey - Fisherman's Energy
Energy & Natural Resources Speaking Engagement Houston, TX
8.01.12 Policy Realities & Opportunities: State Regulatory Variations
Energy & Natural Resources Speaking Engagement San Antonio, TX
11.04.11 Reliability & Compliance Enforcement: Major Trends and Issues for Counsel
Energy & Natural Resources Speaking Engagement San Diego, CA
9.15.11 Demand Response 2.0
Energy & Natural Resources Speaking Engagement San Francisco, CA
7.18.11 Common Investor Questions Surrounding the FERC Ruling on Demand Response Double Counting in PJM
Energy & Natural Resources Webinar
3.10.11 How Lawyers Can Add Value in NERC Reliability Audits
Energy & Natural Resources Webinar
In The News
2.24.11 Husch Blackwell Expands Energy Practice with Addition of Former CPS Energy, California ISO General Counsel
Energy & Natural Resources News Release