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PARTNER

Contact Information
Phone: (510) 314-8202
Fax: (510) 225-3848
Email: spauker@keyesfox.com

California
580 California St., 12th Floor        San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone (510) 314-8200 

Admissions
• State Bar of California
• U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
• U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
•U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Experience

Sheridan’s practice focuses on renewable energy, energy storage, microgrids, and energy efficiency regulation, incentives, development and financing, with particular emphasis on state energy regulatory programs. She helps clients to achieve their regulatory and policy goals, advocating for clients before the California Public Utilities Commission and other state public utilities commissions, the California Energy Commission, the California Department of Business Oversight, the California Independent System Operator, the California Air Resources Board and other federal and state agencies; drafts and analyzes clean energy legislation; negotiates energy transactions; and counsels companies, organizations, agencies and investors regarding the evolving nature of energy regulations and incentives and their implications for project and business plan development.

Sheridan joined Keyes & Fox as a Partner in 2017, and brings over 20 years of experience in energy and climate policy and regulation, environmental law, finance, and sustainability. Prior to joining the firm, she practiced for 10 years in the Energy & Infrastructure Finance Group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, served as an environmental fellow at Shute, Mihaly and Weinberger in San Francisco, and clerked for the Honorable Richard A. Paez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Sheridan previously served as a financial advisor with a focus on sustainable investments in U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray’s Social Equity Investment Group, and as an aide to U.S. Representative Henry A. Waxman based in Washington, D.C.

Representative Work

  • Advocate and intervene on behalf of clients before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regarding energy storage procurement and policy, distributed generation incentive programs, microgrids, energy efficiency finance structures and renewable energy procurement programs and policies applicable to Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs)
  • Advise leading solar energy developers, tax equity investors and customers with the drafting and analysis of power purchase agreements (PPAs), solar leases, community solar arrangements, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreements and other consumer-facing agreements
  • Represented major residential solar developer before state public utilities commissions regarding energy regulations applicable to its distributed solar business
  • Represent Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program administrators with respect to regulatory compliance and advocacy, including compliance with AB 1284, SB 242 and other applicable laws and regulations, negotiation of program administration agreements and other transactions
  • Drafted and analyzed federal and state PACE legislation for over 20 states on behalf of Vote Solar and Natural Resources Defense Council; drafted and filed comments to the Federal

Education

  • J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California,
    Berkeley, 2004
    • Order of the Coif; Articles Editor, Ecology Law
      Quarterly
  • A.B., Environmental Science and Public Policy,
    Harvard College, 1996
    • Magna Cum Laude

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Member, Board of Directors, Vote Solar
  • Leadership Council, PACENation
  • Past President, Board of Directors, As You Sow
  • Advisory Committee Member, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Finance Forum (2013, 2014); conference Co-Chair (2015)
  • State Bar of California’s Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s 2009-2010 John Wilson Award in recognition of outstanding legal service to pro bono clients.

Publications

  • Co-author, “CPUC Net Metering Decision Is Good News for Clean Energy,” Law360, February 3, 2016
  • Co-author, “Innovations and Opportunities in Energy Efficiency Finance,” Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati white paper, May 2012, May 2013, and May 2014
  • “‘Spraying First and Asking Questions Later’: Congressional Efforts to Mitigate the Environmental, Health and Economic Impacts of U.S.-Sponsored Aerial Fumigation of Coca in Colombia,” 30 Ecology Law Quarterly 661, 2003
  • “Ninth Circuit Follows Laidlaw by Keeping the Door Open to Environmental Citizen Suits,” 29 Ecology Law Quarterly 438, 2002
  • Co-author with T. Van Dyck, “Qualitative Screening: Looking Behind the Balance Sheet,” Public Retirement Journal, April 2001
  • Co-author with T. Seastedt, “Effects of Mobile Tree Islands on Soil Carbon Storage in Tundra Ecosystems,” 77(8) Ecology 2563, 1996

Select Presentations

  • “Keys to PACE Success,” PACENation Summit, Denver, February 15, 2017
  • “California’s Preferred Resources: Energy Efficiency, Distributed Generation, Energy Storage and Negawatts,” Electric Power in California, November 4, 2016
  • “Microgrids and Storage,” Storage Week, San Diego, California, January 26, 2016
  • Plenary Session Chair, “The Policy Landscape: Impact on Energy Efficiency Finance and Role as a Demand Driver,” ACEEE Finance Forum, San Francisco, California, June 1, 2015
  • “California’s Market-Making Energy Storage Procurement Process: Upcoming RFOs and Industry Perspectives,” Infocast, July 10, 2014
  • From Megawatts to Gigawatts: California Energy Storage Procurement under the CPUC’s Energy Storage Procurement Framework, Infocast, November 6, 2013
  • “Driving a Robust Rooftop Solar Market: Financing, Incentives & Regulation,” Sierra Club, May 8, 2013
  • “Residential PACE Litigation and Rulemaking Update,” California Statewide PACE Symposium, Los Angeles, California, March 14, 2013
  • “The Latest on PACE,” ACEEE Finance Forum, Boston, Massachusetts, May 7, 2012
  • “Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Overview, Legal Structure and Key Issues,” UC Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley, California, March 9, 2011
  • “Overview of PACE Legal Authority,” PACE @ Pace: A Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing Symposium, Pace Law School, White Plains, New York, April 23, 2010
  • “Getting Started: Legal Authority & Administering PACE Financing Programs,” U.S. Department of Energy webinar, December 11, 2009