Mr. Beach has been active in the power industry since 1996, specializing in project management, development, fund raising, and structuring non-recourse projecting financing. In 2005, Mr. Beach co-founded and served as President of Alpine Energy Group, LLC, a waste-to-energy and biomass gasification project development company. He maintained this position until 2011, when he sold his interest to create Blake Street Energy.
Much of his earlier career was spent in senior and mid-level development and project finance roles with Suez-Tractebel and Cogentrix Energy, and during his career he has led the development and financing efforts for more than thirty major non-recourse power generation projects, and has closed transactions totaling nearly $5 billion and over 8,000MW. Mr. Beach spent the beginning of his career working and living in Russia, first as an Economic Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, and later with Coopers & Lybrand. James earned an M.B.A. from Dartmouth College, and a B.A. in Central and East European Studies and B.S. in International Business and Marketing from the University of Colorado at Boulder.