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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Steve Spina

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Energy

Position

Stephen M. Spina represents electric utilities and other electric industry participants before FERC on a variety of matters, including industry restructuring, market investigations, and regulatory issues under the Federal Power Act. Mr. Spina also represents electric utility clients in the areas of market pricing, transmission, reliability standards compliance and enforcement, and rate matters. As part of his reliability counselling work, he advises clients on security, both cyber and physical, compliance issues. He has also represented various industry participants in enforcement and audit proceedings administered by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). In addition to his reliability work before NERC, he has represented clients in enforcement actions administered by Western Electricity Coordinating Council, SERC Reliability Corporation, ReliabilityFirst Corporation, the Northeast Power Coordinating Council, the Midwest Reliability Organization, the Southwest Power Pool Regional Entity, the Texas Reliability Entity, and the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council. In addition to his work on reliability matters for individual clients, he also advises the utility industry trade association, the Edison Electric Institute, on issues related to the development of national and regional reliability standards at both the FERC and appellate level. For more information, view Mr. Spina’s biography at www.morganlewis.com/bios/sspina.

Member

Member, American Bar Association; Member, Energy Bar Association; Board of Directors, Energy Bar Association; Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2010‚Äď2011); Listed, Washington, D.C. SuperLawyers, Energy and Natural Resources (2007‚Äď2013)

Education

Tulane University Law School, 1996, J.D., Cum Laude; Boston College, 1989, B.A.


United States: Industry focus

Energy regulation: conventional power

Within: Energy regulation: conventional power

The 'extremely competent and client-friendly' practitioners at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP are able to assist clients operating in all arenas of the conventional energy space. The firm's energy regulatory department is led  out of DC by Kathryn Sutton and Steve Spina; Sutton's expertise lies in nuclear power while Spina focuses on working with electric utilities. John Matthews and others are assisting Exelon Nuclear with the regulatory aspects of decommissioning Oyster Creek Generating Station, the oldest operating nuclear power plant in the country. Also of note, a group led by Brad Fagg and Paul Bessette successfully acted for Duke Energy in a breach of contract action against  the Department of Energy (DOE) pertaining to spent nuclear fuel damages; the client won $68.5m. Elsewhere, the team works on FERC investigations and provides regulatory assistance on transactions. Jane Accomando is the name to note for NRC enforcement; of counsel Joseph Lowell is also recommended. Accomando was made partner in October 2018. Grant Eskelsen is a 'top-notch associate'.

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Energy regulation: oil and gas

Within: Energy regulation: oil and gas

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has 'the unique ability to bring a regulatory focus to transactional matters'. The firm's DC-based energy department represents oil and gas clients before a range of federal regulatory bodies, including FERC, the DOE and the CFTC, as well as several state bodies. Recent highlights include a group led by Kirstin Gibbs being retained by a major LNG company to develop and file a petition for a declaratory order requesting that certain rules and prohibitions are not applied to a series of transactions the client may soon undertake. In addition to this, Gibbs, Levi McAllister and others represent a consortium of natural gas entities in a Natural Gas Act Section rate case. Shell Trading US is another notable client. Gibbs 'always provides fit-for-purpose support' and is 'exceptionally good at advising on complex issues'. Furthermore, the group is active in compliance, enforcement and investigation matters; Gibbs focuses on FERC representation while McAllister has extensive experience before the CFTC. Kathryn Sutton and Steve Spina are key contacts.

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