Michael Puckett

MBA Associate - Grid Integration and Innovation at Pacific Gas and Electric Company
MBA, Yale School of Management, 2015 Master of Environmental Management, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, 2015

Michael Puckett is an MBA Associate - Grid Integration and Innovation at Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

He graduated from the joint degree program at the Yale School of Management and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. At Yale, Michael focused on energy, and particularly on improving the efficiency with which we produce and use it. He has a broad range of professional experience touching on all sides of the energy world, from the supply side to the demand side and from building level all the way to the utility scale.

He spent one summer focused on optimizing the way California's hydro plants are managed, as a member of PG&E's MBA internship program. Previously, he interned at EnerNOC, a leading energy management company, where he helped their processes for bringing new customers online.

Prior to Yale, Michael spent four years working as an engineer and sustainability consultant in Arup’s New York office. He was primarily focused on improving sustainable practices and operational energy efficiency in existing buildings, with projects ranging from individual LEED certifications to global master planning for clients such as Deutsche Bank and Intercontinental Hotels. Michael holds a bachelors of mechanical engineering and bachelors of science, majoring in mathematics and physics, from the University of Sydney.

Authored Articles

Green Bond Indices Are Signs of a Rapidly Maturing Market

The green bond market is finally beginning to reach its potential as capital-seeking developers connect with yield-seeking investors at increasing volumes and scales. The launch of numerous green bond indices during the last year is a sign of the market’s growing maturity. These indices are also playing an important role in driving demand for green bonds among institutional investors.
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Are Secondary Markets a Sustainable Capital Source for Energy Efficiency?

As the energy efficiency finance market grows and matures, are robust secondary markets inevitable, necessary, or even appropriate? This is the question that State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network’s (SEE Action) Financing Solutions Working Group has attempted to answer in its new white paper, “Accessing Secondary Markets as a Capital Source for Energy Efficiency Finance Programs: Program Design Considerations for Policymakers and Administrators.”

Financing the Next Generation of Resilient Power

Hurricane Sandy was a stark reminder of the fragility of our electric grid. Clean Energy Group (CEG) has produced a series of papers and webinars looking at how a new generation of resilient power systems can help to address this problem. Its Nov. 20 webinar, “Financing Resilient Power,” scheduled to follow the publication of the paper “ Financing for Clean, Resilient Power Solutions ,” specifically focused on strategies for financing such systems.

How to Tap the Medium-Scale Clean Energy Market

Recent attention and growth in clean energy development has largely been focused on either the household scale or the utility scale, leaving the medium-scale market to languish. Despite significant challenges, a growing number of players in the industry are beginning to recognize this untapped potential. Village Power Finance, based in Palo Alto, Calif., uses a model that engages community organizations, small businesses and investors to streamline the development and financing of solar and energy efficiency projects. Michel Puckett from the Clean Energy Finance Forum recently spoke with Ty Jagerson, founder and CEO of Village Power Finance, to learn more about...