In the ever more urgent quest for sources of renewable energy, meet the man boldly harnessing the natural forces that could power America’s future.
Russell Gold’s Superpower tells the story of Michael Skelly whose innovations, struggles, and persistence represent the groundbreaking changes underway in American energy.
In Superpower, we meet Skelly’s financial backers, a family that pivoted from oil exploration to renewable energy; the farmers ready to embrace the new “cash crop”; the landowners prepared to go to court to avoid looking at overhead wires; and utility executives who concoct fiendish ways to block renewable energy.
Gold also shows how Skelly’s innovative company, Clean Line Energy, conceived the idea for a new power grid that would allow sunlight to light up homes thousands of miles away, and take wind from the Great Plains to keep air conditioners running in Atlanta. Thrilling, provocative, and important, Superpower is a fascinating look at America’s future.