About Sarah

Sarah Kozal is an associate in Stoel Rives’ Energy Development group.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Sarah was an associate with Western Energy & Water (2016-2018). While in law school, she interned at the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) and was a legal clerk and research assistant at several organizations and law firms in Southern California, including the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. Sarah also served as a member of the Delegation of The Republic of Palau to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties in 2014 and 2015. 

Prior to beginning her career as a lawyer, Sarah worked in museum education in Los Angeles, focusing on outreach to and programming for underserved student populations.

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  • Represented clients in proceedings and stakeholder initiatives before the California Independent System Operator, California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
  • Drafted comments on technical issues related to interconnection processes, Resource Adequacy, Integrated Resource Planning, frequency response, regulation, and other ancillary services.
  • Assisted generation developers with interconnection and modification, and negotiated interconnection agreements.
  • Provided strategic advice and regulatory monitoring services to generation developers and existing market participants.
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Member, Energy Bar Association, 2015-present
  • Member, Association of Women in Water, Energy, and the Environment, 2015-present
  • Member, California Women in Energy, 2015-present

Civic Activities

  • Board Member, Preservation Sacramento, 2018-Present
  • Docent, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA, 2009-2016 (Docent Leadership Team, 2010-2012)
  • Programs Coordinator, Academic Programs, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, 2010-2013
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • A Look at Solar Net Metering Changes in 2019,” (co-author), Solar Industry, Dec. 9, 2019
  • “Assessing the Pros and Cons of a Statewide Central Buyer” (moderator), CA Renewable Energy Procurement Summit 2.0, Sacramento, CA, Oct. 28–30, 2019
  • “Optimizing Renewables Integration Processes,” “Evaluating Paths to Regionalization” (moderator), Transmission Summit West, Scottsdale, AZ, Oct. 22–24, 2019
  • Ninth Circuit Strikes Down California ReMAT In Winding Creek Solar Case” (co-author), Solar Industry, Aug. 8, 2019
  • “Municipal and Public Owned Utility Renewable Energy Procurement Plans and Initiatives” (moderator), California Renewable Energy Procurement Summit, Sacramento, CA, April 30–May 2, 2019
  • ​“The California Energy Market and CCA Fundamentals” (presenter), Community Choice Energy Summit, Nov. 28–30, 2018
  • “Impacts of New IRP Processes” and “The Reliability Coordination Shuffle – Assessing the Economic and Operational Impacts” (moderator), 10th Annual Transmission Summit West, San Diego, CA, Sept. 2018
  • “California approves bill to limit utility liability for wildfires, but not CAISO expansion” (quoted), Utility Dive, Sept. 4, 2018
  • 5 Key Takeaways from FERC's Recent Energy Storage Order” (co-author), POWER magazine, June 1, 2018
  • “First in nation requirement for solar in new homes” (co-author), Daily Journal, May 17, 2018
  • “Fire and Drought: Preparing Our Cultural Heritage to Contend with a Changing Climate,” moderator, California Preservation Conference: Preservation at the Forefront, Pasadena, CA, May 2017
  • “Native American Cultural Resources and the Model of AB 52,” moderator, California Preservation Conference: New Acts, New Assets: The Changing Face of Preservation, April 2016
  • “India, Technological Innovation, & the Energy Sector,” Legal Planet, Dec. 21, 2015
  • “New Law Provides California Native American Tribes More Input in Development,” Preservation Leadership Forum Blog, Dec. 11, 2014.
  • “Giving Indigenous Peoples a Voice at COP20” Legal Planet, December 9, 2014

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