Sarah advises energy generation facilities, large commercial energy users, and utilities with respect to state and federal energy regulatory issues throughout New England.
Sarah assists owners of utility scale and distributed energy generation facilities and off-takers negotiate key energy agreements, including power purchase agreements, net energy billing agreements, renewable energy credit purchase and sale agreements, natural gas supply agreements and firm gas transportation agreements. She also represents investors and purchasers of energy generation portfolios in conducting state and federal energy regulatory due diligence and advises them on interconnection and ISO-NE issues.
Sarah represents clients before public utilities commissions in rulemakings and regulatory compliance matters, and assists utilities to obtain approvals for energy infrastructure projects, rate increases, and authorizations to enter into mergers and affiliate transactions.
Prior to joining Pierce Atwood, Sarah was a staff attorney with the Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) in the Legal and the Electricity and Gas Division. This experience provides her with unique insight into the perspectives of energy regulators, which she balances with a deep understanding of the business realities faced by her clients.
Before she joined the MPUC, Sarah was a shareholder in the Energy and Environmental Practice Group at Bernstein Shur, an attorney in the Litigation Practice Group at Holland & Knight LLP in Boston, Massachusetts, and a law clerk to the Honorable Donald G. Alexander of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.
Honors & Distinctions
- Recognized by Chambers USA for Energy & Natural Resources Law
- Listed since 2019 in The Best Lawyers in America® for Administrative/Regulatory Law
- Rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell
- Named a “Rising Star" by New England Super Lawyers in 2009, 2010, 2014 and 2015
- Member, Energy Working Group of the Maine Climate Council (September 2019-present)
- Member of the Board of Directors of Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech) (2017-present)
- Chair, Program Committee, E2Tech, 2017-present (Program Committee Member, 2016-present)
- Moderator, “Power Generation” Panel, Maine Natural Gas Conference (October 3, 2019)
- Moderator, “Electric Vehicles in Maine,” E2Tech (March 21, 2019)
- Moderator, “The Northeast’s Demand for Clean Energy Policymakers” Panel, Pierce Atwood Energy Infrastructure Symposium (October 4, 2018)
- Moderator, “LNG Imports and Exports” Panel, Natural Gas: Focus on the Future Conference (October 18, 2018)
- Moderator, Maine Energy and Environmental Policy Outlook, E2Tech (January 25, 2018)
- Presenter, Natural Gas: Powering Maine’s Future Conference (September 28, 2017)
- Moderator, State of the Energy Sector - State Perspective Panel, E2Tech Expo (November 17, 2016)
- Freeport Town Councilor, March 2013-present; Town Council Chair, December 2016-December 2019; Chair, Freeport Ordinance Committee, 2015-2017
- Steering Committee, Tri-Town Track and Field Project, 2015-2019
- Freeport Community Services, White Nights Fundraising Committee, 2004-2013
- Wolfe’s Neck Farm Foundation Board of Directors, 2004-2010