J.D., Order of the Coif, University of California – Berkeley, 2010
B.S., Stanford University, 2004
U.S. District Courts for Northern District of California, Central District of California, and Eastern District of California
Sarah Keane primarily focuses on state and federal regulatory issues, litigation and transactional matters involving project development, project acquisition and divestiture, power procurement, and energy and climate change policy. She has done considerable transactional work in the energy sector.
Sarah counsels a wide range of project developers regarding compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and state counterpart laws, securing local, state, and federal entitlements, and defends those approvals when necessary. On the transactional side, Sarah assists in drafting and negotiating project finance and asset purchase agreements, power purchase agreements, interconnection agreements, and other project-related contracts. She actively tracks and counsels clients on pertinent legal and regulatory developments in the areas of environmental regulation, climate change, renewable energy, energy storage, and electricity grid management.
Sarah was previously an attorney at two large international law firms. While attending UC Berkeley’s School of Law, Sarah served as a legal extern at the California Energy Commission and 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 Project Development
Project Finance and Acquisition