J.D., Order of the Coif, University of California – Berkeley, 2010
B.S., Stanford University, 2004
United States District Courts for Northern District of California, Central District of California, and Eastern District of California
Sarah Keane primarily focuses on state and federal regulation transactions, litigation and policy matters involving power project development and acquisition, clean transportation, and climate change.
Sarah regularly counsels clients on pertinent legal and regulatory developments in the areas of climate change, electric vehicles, renewable energy, energy storage, and electricity grid management. She has played a key role in major energy and air quality proceedings in Colorado in recent years, including the Colorado Public Utilities Commission’s approval of the Colorado Energy Plan and the Air Quality Control Commission’s adoption of advanced low-emission vehicle standards.
Sarah advises on a wide range of project developers regarding compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and state counterpart laws. She assists project proponents secure a range of local, state, and federal entitlements and defends those approvals when necessary. On the transactional side, she assists with drafting and negotiating project finance and asset purchase agreements, power purchase agreements, interconnection agreements, airport consortium and operations agreements, and other project-related contracts.
Sarah was previously an attorney at two large international law firms. While attending law school, Sarah collaborated with two faculty members to design and launch Berkeley Law’s Energy and Clean Technology Program. She also led the cross-disciplinary organization Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC), where she co-founded Cleantech to Market – a partnership among students, scientists, engineers, and professionals that translates clean technology research into market opportunities.
Energy and Transmission Projects
Airport and Transit Projects