Sarah is a Senior Associate with the Global Climate Finance team at Rocky Mountain Institute where she supports the practice’s work and thought leadership on aligning financing and investment decisions with climate targets. Prior to joining RMI, Sarah was a Research Associate at the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy, where her work focused on climate change impacts in the power sector and barriers to clean energy finance. She was previously a Senior Researcher in Energy Economics and Policy at the University College Dublin (UCD) Energy Institute, where she co-authored research on clean energy programs and policies, and served on a climate mitigation advisory committee for the Irish government. Sarah’s past work also includes positions with the U.S. Department of Energy, most recently as a Policy Advisor Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, supporting analysis and implementation of the President’s Climate Action Plan, and advising senior leadership on a range of policy and management issues.
The Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) bankruptcy, which was caused by liabilities resulting from massive wildfires, has widely been called the first climate change bankruptcy.