Areas of Practice
District of Columbia
J.D., American University Washington College of Law, 1979
B.A., The George Washington University, 1973
Energy Bar Association
American Bar Association
Kirk H. Betts is a founding partner of Betts & Holt LLP. An AV Preeminent Rated lawyer, he is skilled in analyzing complex energy matters integrating legal, economic, environmental, and business considerations, and developing strategic and innovative legal solutions on behalf of municipal utilities and large consumers of electricity. His practice focuses on electric and gas markets and the regulatory environment. Mr. Betts has provided counsel for energy project development involving cogeneration, hydroelectric, waste-to-energy, solar, biomass, and gas combined cycle combustion turbines, steam turbines, absorption and electric chillers. He represents clients in wholesale transmission rate cases, power supply, hydroelectric, and reliability (NERC) matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Before open access transmission, Mr. Betts developed an innovative strategy for the Boroughs of Butler, Lavallette, Madison, Pemberton, and Seaside Heights, NJ, to purchase wholesale energy from a remote supplier, achieving annual savings of 38-42%. When Dover, DE faced aging, underperforming generation, he negotiated power supply and generation operating agreements that reduced annual costs and increased reliability. Mr. Betts has been special counsel to the Public Power Association of New Jersey since 1985, representing it on power supply procurement legislation, PJM participation and tariffs, power supply RFPs, and strategic positioning. As lead counsel, he negotiated contracts to finance and renovate the CHP, steam, chilled water, and electric distribution systems for the University of Maryland College Park campus, nationally recognized as an innovative model of public-private development. He has represented corporations and wholesale purchasers in California, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, DC. He has served as an arbitrator in complex power supply (EEI and retail), steam, solar, interconnection, and joint plant operating agreement disputes, among others, and has been retained as special counsel to investigate allegations involving a cooperative corporation. He has mediated a variety of matters involving governance policies, real estate, and organizational mergers, and has engaged in dispute resolution at the community level in Central and South America.