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Superpower: One Man’s Quest to Change American Energy

The U.S. is at an energy crossroads. Given the potentially catastrophic consequences of climate change, we should embrace renewable energy resources, yet most of the country continues to rely on fossil fuels. But any transition to a North American power grid that uses mostly clean energy requires a massive building spree – billions of dollars’ worth. 

The Center for Energy Studies hosted award-winning energy reporter Russell Gold for a discussion of his book, “Superpower: One Man’s Quest to Change American Energy,” which recounts the efforts of Michael Skelly, a trailblazer at the forefront of the U.S. energy revolution. Skelly succeeded in building the second largest wind power company in the U.S., but the final part of his plan — expanding the reach of that power — was thwarted. His vision, however, lives on, and new players are forging the path to cheaper, cleaner energy. 

A book signing followed the presentation. Copies of the book were available for purchase courtesy of Brazos Bookstore. Follow @BakerInstitute on Twitter and join the conversation online with #BakerEnergy.




5:30 p.m. — Reception
6:00 p.m. — Presentation

Featured Speaker

Russell Gold is an award-winning investigative journalist at The Wall Street Journal, where he has reported on energy regularly since 2002. Gold started his journalism career at the Philadelphia Inquirer and the San Antonio Express-News. In 2010, he was part of The Wall Street Journal team that covered the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. This work was honored with a Gerald Loeb Award for best business story of the year and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Gold is also the author of “The Boom,” which chronicles the development of fracking in the U.S. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Columbia University in 1993.



Tue, Aug. 27, 2019
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


James A. Baker III Hall
Rice University's Baker Institute – 6100 Main St
Houston, TX 77005