Max Flignor

Max Flignor
School of Management, MBA, 2023
SOM's Energy Club Business and Environment Club

Max is a first year SOM student interested in clean energy. Originally from Chicago, Max studied economics at Carleton College before moving east to Boston to work in economic consulting at Analysis Group. At AG, he used statistical and financial models to help finance, energy, and public sector clients analyze complex situations and make better decisions.

Max's interest in clean energy was sparked by an Economics of Climate Change course he took his senior year of college. He studied the relationship between carbon emissions and global temperature and examined how investing in renewable energy programs would yield future dividends. That class showed Max the importance of accelerating the shift towards renewable energy.

This fall at SOM, he is serving as a writer for Yale’s Clean Energy Finance Forum, covering renewable energy project finance. Also participated in two energy-specific MBA case competitions where Max built a valuation model for carbon credits and designed a 24/7 clean energy strategy for a large company. Post-MBA, he is excited to explore business development and market intelligence roles with clean energy companies.

In his free time, he enjoys hiking in national parks around the country, playing chess and cooking vegetarian recipes.

Authored Articles
Growing food in the forest for financeable flourishing

Explainer: How Carbon Capture Contributes to Climate Strategies

There's too much operating need for carbon-heavy energy, and climate change is too far along, for society to do all its sustainability work through a switch to renewable fuels. Removing carbon from the atmosphere becomes necessary - and financing the removal involves a range of risks.
How does your clean grid grow?

On an unspoiled site or an unloved one, a renewable-energy installation navigates tricky economics. 

Explainer: How Do Developers Choose New or Remediated Project Sites?

Solar and wind projects are essential to the energy evolution, but most of them take up a lot of space. This story looks at the two main sorts of land developers can use and walks through economics, strategies, and public policies that can foster solar and wind while attending to...
Signing the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act in Chicago

Illinois' government made policy while the political sun shines on renewable targets. What happens next? (This image comes from the Chicago Sun-Times.)

Illinois Achieved a Broad Climate Law. How Do Supply and Demand Respond?

This September, on a sunny late summer morning in Chicago, Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker signed a comprehensive piece of environmental legislation called the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA). Standing on the shore of Lake Michigan, just outside the world-famous Shedd Aquarium, Pritzker heralded the bill as a major...