Building high voltage transmission lines has never been easy, but now it’s arguably both harder than ever, and more necessary than ever, as we seek to unlock the vast potential of wind and solar in the US and ship it to major population centers. But it’s not a business for the faint of heart, as we’ll hear in this incredible story by award-winning investigative reporter and author Russell Gold of the Wall Street Journal. His new book, Superpower, chronicles the story of Michael Skelly, a developer who spent a decade and a great deal of money trying to build five major transmission lines in the US to support the burgeoning wind industry, only to be undermined, deceived, shot down, and ultimately driven to giving up, by people who opposed the lines for their own selfish interests. It’s an amazing story and a great cautionary tale for any prospective transmission line developer, as well as a wellspring of crucial insights that will benefit all who work in energy transition.
Russell Gold is an award-winning investigative reporter and author. He has reported on energy at the Wall Street Journal since 2000, covering many of the major stories of the period including the rise of fracking, the Deepwater Horizon and the energy transition. His 2014 book, The Boom, was longlisted for the FT Goldman Sachs Business Book prize. Superpower was published in June 2019. He lives in Texas, with his wife and children.
On Twitter: @russellgold
On the Web: www.russellgold.net
Recording date: May 17, 2019
Air date: June 26, 2019
Geek rating: 3