Steven represents energy project developers, independent power producers, private equity and infrastructure funds, commercial and corporate end users of energy, and clean energy trade groups across a broad spectrum of high-stakes legal and business matters. His practice encompasses handling federal and state regulatory issues involving the power sector, with a particular emphasis on matters involving wholesale power markets, advising clients on emerging issues in the energy sector, and counseling clients on energy transactional and project development matters.
Leveraging his experience in private practice, as an in-house attorney, and with the government, Steve provides his clients with practical and creative solutions to a broad range of challenges. He often effectively combines elements of regulatory, transactional, litigation, and policy advocacy to think beyond his clients’ immediate legal needs and help them achieve their ultimate goals.
In his regulatory practice, Steven provides strategic advice and counseling, prepares Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) filings in support of transactions, and manages negotiations and dispute resolution proceedings. He also leads administrative litigation, rulemaking and ratemaking proceedings before FERC and state regulatory agencies, and has experience appealing FERC decisions to federal courts of appeals. Steven also has a significant transactional practice that includes advising parties seeking to develop, own, operate, and finance utility-scale renewable energy projects, distributed energy resources, green hydrogen projects, microgrids, and EV-charging networks. In addition, Steven has extensive experience representing entities in transactions seeking to both sell and purchase clean energy.
Prior to joining Mintz, Steven was a member at an international law firm, where he represented clients in regulatory and transactional matters involving energy issues. In addition to other experience in private practice, Steven was previously in-house counsel at PJM Interconnection, the United States’ largest Regional Transmission Organization. In that role, he worked on a wide range of issues related to PJM’s markets, operations, and planning functions. He began his career at FERC, serving as an attorney-advisor in the agency’s Office of Administrative Law Judges.
A recognized thought leader, Steven regularly speaks at industry events and writes articles on opportunities and challenges impacting renewable energy resources and emerging energy technologies in wholesale power markets.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Issues Landmark Order to Improve Generator Interconnection Processes Across the US
August 2, 2023 | Alert | By Steven Shparber, Omar Bustami, Xandy Walsh
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- Co-author, Split (Non)Decisions: The Practitioner’s Guide To Section 205(G) Of The Federal Power Act, EBA Brief of the Energy Bar Association (June 2022)
- Co-author, Capacity as a commodity: A new (but familiar) way of rethinking capacity markets for a clean energy future, Utility Dive (February 2021)
- Author, Southeastern utilities’ energy market proposal appears to be less than it may SEEM, Utility Dive (July 2020)
- Author, Are Regional Transmission Organizations the Future for Renewables in the Southeast?, Renewable Energy World (August 2019)
- Author, INSIGHT: Renewables’ Next Frontier: Regional Transmission Orgs, Environment & Energy, Bloomberg Law (May 28, 2019)
- Co-Author, Customer Focused and Clean: Power Markets for the Future, (November 2018)
Recognition & Awards
- Euromoney Legal Media Group: Rising Star Award (2019)
- Member, Energy Bar Association