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Sylvia collaborates with clients to achieve their energy regulation and transaction goals.

Sylvia specializes in electric transmission regulation and renewable energy development. Sylvia is passionate about modernizing the electric grid and accelerating renewable energy projects across the United States.

Sylvia uses her in-depth knowledge of the energy niche to advise clients in matters involving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and state utility commissions. For example, with respect to FERC: she advises clients on electric transmission formula rates and rate allocation, generation interconnection, wholesale power rates, and other issues involving Open Access Transmission Tariffs (OATT) of regional transmission organizations (RTO) and independent system operators (ISO). Sylvia has extensive experience with FERC litigation and enjoys FERC procedure. With respect to state utility commissions: Sylvia advises clients on the applicability of state energy regulations to renewable power projects, including utility-scale projects and distributed generation projects. She also works with a team of attorneys to represent buyers, sellers and tax-equity investors in the drafting and negotiation of financing and acquisition documents.

Before joining Husch Blackwell, Sylvia served as a legal intern at the Vermont Department of Public Service and with general counsel of Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. In law school, she received the Rubin Fellowship for her work on behalf of ratepayers who are disadvantaged and traditionally underrepresented. While a college student, Sylvia worked with a national environmental group on Capitol Hill to advocate for clean energy policy.




  • J.D., Vermont Law School
    • cum laude
    • Vermont Law Review, Editor
    • Business Law Certificate
    • Energy Law Certificate
  • B.A., Creighton University
    • Political Science
    • cum laude


  • District of Columbia
  • Vermont
  • Nebraska
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Energy Bar Association
  • Foundation of the Energy Law Journal, President

  • Vermont Law School Alumni Association, Board of Directors
  • Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment
Articles | November 01, 2018
Law360 Expert Analysis: How FERC Aims to Change Transmission Rate Setting

James Hoecker and Sylvia Bartells authored an article on an October 16, 2018 FERC order in the remand proceeding associated with Emera Maine v. FERC.

Full article: How FERC Aims to Change Transmission Rate Setting

Webinar | March 2021
Building the Renewable Power Project Webinar Series - Interconnection 101

Building the Renewable Power Project Webinar Series

News Releases | April 19, 2019
Husch Blackwell Represents Austin Energy in $460 Million Acquisition of Biomass-Fueled Power Plant

The $460 million transaction is expected to close during the summer of 2019.

Outside the Office

Sylvia loves to play piano and has a passion for healthy vegetarian food.

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