Fedor Petrenko

MBA Rotational Leadership Associate at Pacific Gas and Electric Company
MBA, Yale School of Management, 2016 Master of Environmental Management, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, 2016

Fedor Petrenko is a MBA Rotational Leadership Associate at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He is passionate about energy, sustainability, and clean technology finance. At Yale, Fedor co-managed and wrote for the Clean Energy Finance Forum and was the marketing & communications lead for the Yale Environmental Sustainability Summit.

Prior to graduate school, Fedor worked for Dartmouth College’s Energy Program where he developed analytics to track building efficiency projects and established a $1M green revolving loan fund. Fedor has also worked in engineering research, project management, and business development for a startup company developing breakthrough de-icing technology for the aerospace, wind power, and refrigeration industries.

Fedor’s interest in scaling clean technologies stems from his life-long love of the outdoors and the natural environment. In his past life, he worked as a NOLS instructor in Wyoming and as a mountaineering guide for the Guatemalan nonprofit Quetzaltrekkers. In his free time Fedor can usually be found romping in the hills or playing funk, soul, and blues guitar with his wife Chelsea and their New Haven-based band the Passion Pushers.

Authored Articles

Replacing Diesel Generation with Hybrid Renewable Energy Plants

What players are emerging to transform the fleet of off-grid diesel power plants in developing countries? This year’s Finance for Resilience winners at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Future of Energy Summit included Global Renewable Independent Power Supplier (GRIPS). GRIPS seeks to connect large off-takers with investors through an innovative, market-based approach. According to Alexander Voigt, CEO of GRIPS, the startup will replace captive diesel generation with hybrid renewable power plants in places with nonexistent or unstable grid connections.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance Forecasts Rocky Shift toward Solar

The Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) Future of Energy Summit took place in New York City on April 4 and 5. In his international forecast keynote, Michael Liebreich, chairman of the BNEF advisory board, said 2015 was a landmark year for renewable energy but a dismal one for coal and oil. Demand for natural gas – especially exports of liquefied natural gas – is “alive and well and gathering speed,” he said.

Global Environment Facility Spurs Investment in Clean Energy

As the biggest public funder of projects related to climate change, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has played a crucial role in removing market barriers to investment in clean energy worldwide. Policy de-risking, investment aggregation mechanisms, and capacity building for banks and governments are key areas where the GEF has worked to increase the flow of financing.

Will Green Bonds Experience a Boom-and-Bust Cycle?

Green bonds are fixed-income, liquid securities that are used to raise funds for activities like clean energy finance, climate mitigation, and other sustainable initiatives. On April 15, in a panel titled “Business Response: Green Bonds,” experts at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Future of Energy Summit 2015 in New York City came together to discuss the green bond market’s accomplishments and challenges.

Finance for Resilience Chooses Winning Innovations

On April 15, delegates at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Future of Energy Summit 2015 in New York City nominated four winning innovations to accelerate finance for clean energy. These high-impact “interventions” were chosen from 52 ideas submitted to Finance for Resilience (FiRe) this year. FiRe is an open and action-oriented platform that collects and develops ideas that can add at least $1 billion to clean energy investment in their first three years.