Michael Skelly

Michael Skelly

Grid United | Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Michael Skelly is a pioneer in the U.S. renewable energy industry and is the founder and CEO of Grid United, a transmission development company working to build out the US transmission grid.

Skelly is the principal protagonist in Superpower, a book about the energy transition by Wall Street Journal reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist Russell Gold.

Skelly was previously the founder and president of Clean Line Energy, a company that successfully permitted some of the longest transmission lines in the U.S. in the last 50 years. Prior to Clean Line, Skelly led the growth of Horizon Wind Energy, now part of EDPR, one of the largest renewable energy companies in the US.

Skelly applies his expertise in developing infrastructure projects to enhance transportation options and increase access to parks in his adopted hometown of Houston, Texas. In 2012, he led the “Parks By You” campaign, which resulted in the passage of a $150 million bond measure to fund over 100 miles of trails along the city’s bayous, an effort in which Skelly remains deeply involved. Skelly sits on the boards of the Houston Bike Share, the Houston Parks Board, LINK Houston, Greentown Labs Houston, and Form Energy.  Skelly’s public service includes serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer and as a candidate for the US Congress.

He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Notre Dame.

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