Michael Osborne is the former Special Assistant to the General Manager for Energy Development at Austin Energy. Currently, he is serving as Chairman of the City of Austin Electric Utility Commission and the Council appointed Generation Resource Planning Task Force. He is an author, inventor, and policy maker. He has served on the steering committees of the State of Texas Energy Policy Partnership and the Sustainable Energy Development Council under Governor Ann Richards, and on the Texas Energy Coordination Council appointed by then Governor George Bush.
He has been a renewable energy and climate change activist since the mid 1970s when he designed and built his first passive solar home. In 1981, he installed the first wind farm in Texas. In 1983, his company, Osborne Solar, became the Solarex distributor for Texas. Throughout the 90s, his company documented and leased the wind resource for the West Texas wind fields. Many of his exploits are documented in the book, The Great Texas Wind Rush.
As one of three founding members of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association, he has been at the forefront in making Texas the leading Renewable Energy state in the United States for over 30 Years. He is now an international speaker on that success and travels to other states and countries to share the Texas experience.
Mr. Osborne is also a prolific writer. His book, Lightland, is a philosophical look at the human potential in light of the challenge of climate change. His book, Silver in the Mine, is a long term comprehensive energy plan for the City of Austin, Texas. His third is an allegory called Day of the Heart. His most recent work is Beyond Light and Dark.