Michael Skelly is the Founder and President of Clean Line Energy. Clean Line is developing a series of long-distance transmission lines to move renewable energy to market from the Great Plains to electric markets east and west. When built, Clean Line’s new infrastructure projects will enable billions of dollars in investment in new wind energy projects that could otherwise not be built because of congestion in the power grid.
Prior to founding Clean Line, Michael led the development of Horizon Wind Energy from a two-man company to a leadership position in the U.S. wind industry. Before Horizon, Michael developed thermal, hydroelectric, biomass and wind energy projects in Central America with Energia Global. In the early 1990’s Michael co-founded the Rain Forest Aerial Tram, a mile-long tramway system which takes visitors on an aerial tour of the rain forest in Costa Rica. In 2008, he ran for the United States Congress as the Democratic nominee in the seventh District of Texas.
Michael was named “Wind Industry Person of the Year” in 2008, the highest award given by the American Wind Energy Association, and on whose board Michael served for many years. Michael is a “living organ donor”, having given a kidney to his sister in 2011.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Notre Dame. He served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Central America before obtaining an MBA from Harvard Business School. Today, Michael sits on the boards of C12 Energy, Houston Parks Board, Trees for Houston, and Houston B Cycle. In 2011 Michael helped lead the “ParksByYou” campaign, which led to the passage of a $150 million bond measure to fund the build-out of parks and greenways along all of Houston’s bayous. He and his wife Anne have been married for 22 years and have three children. Michael speaks fluent Spanish.