Gold has written the inside story of Michael Skelly, a driven entrepreneur with a huge goal: building thousands of miles of transmission lines to carry cheap, renewable energy across several states to where it’s needed. The project would require billions of dollars in spending before earning a dime, but raising money would be the easy part. Convincing landowners, state governments and utility commissions to approve the project would ultimately be Skelly’s quest.
This book succeeds in many ways:
• It's a fast-paced story that is impossible to put down.
• Has interesting characters like an Oxford-educated Iraqi-Jew who ran a punk-rock record label before going into the oil business. (He decorated his Houston conference room with a poster of Johnny Rotten.)
• You don’t have to be an electrical engineer to understand how the grid works. The author conveys the scientific parts with simple analogies.
• Along the way, we learn how far renewable energy has come.
• It’s a good startup story. Actually, it’s several startup stories.
• Ultimately it teaches us about the rewards of pursuing a worthy life.
ARE WE DOOMED TO A 1950s ELECTRICAL GRID?
The good news is that our country respects individual property rights, local government rights, and limited federal power. The bad news is that we can’t seem to resolve those competing interests to replace aging infrastructure. Our electrical grid is the worst of any developed nation.
The US has plenty of sun and wind to generate energy. We have plenty of investors with billions of dollars they want to invest in energy projects. But we are stuck. Like the immense amount of clean energy Michael Skelly wanted to release from the Oklahoma panhandle, our country’s greatness needs a new transmission line to get out.
- Hardcover: 319 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (25 June 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501163582
- ISBN-13: 978-1501163586
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 508 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)