Gold to discuss ‘Superpower: One Man’s Quest to Transform American Energy’ at Rice’s Baker Institute


Jeff Falk

Gold to discuss ‘Superpower: One Man’s Quest to Transform American Energy’ at Rice’s Baker Institute

HOUSTON – (Aug. 19, 2019) – Award-winning energy reporter Russell Gold will discuss his new book, “Superpower: One Man’s Quest to Transform American Energy,” at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Aug. 27.

The book tells the story of Michael Skelly, who succeeded in building the second-largest wind power company in the U.S. but whose plan to expand the reach of that power was thwarted. His vision, however, endures, and new players are forging the path to cheaper, cleaner energy, according to Gold.

The event, hosted by the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies, is free and open to the public. Registration is at

Who: Russell Gold, Wall Street Journal senior energy reporter and author.

What: A discussion of “Superpower: One Man’s Quest to Transform American Energy.” A book signing will follow the presentation, and copies of the book will be available for purchase from Brazos Bookstore.

When: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 6-7:30 p.m. A reception will be held at 5:30.

Where: Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.

A live webcast will be available at the event page,

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.

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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.