Tom Michelman


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Tom co-founded Boreal Renewable Energy Development in 2003 to deliver cost-effective, distributed generation energy projects. Focusing on utility scale wind and solar generation at commercial, industrial and institutional sites, he brings large project management experience to local, higher-efficiency options. He has led, or participated in, more than two dozen wind energy projects from initial feasibility study through design, permitting and construction.

He managed the 2010 installation of a 1.65 MW wind turbine project in Falmouth, MA with a construction budget of nearly $4 million. He is managing design and permitting for a 1.5 MW wind turbine project at Philips/Lightolier in Fall River, MA, and a 600 kW wind turbine in Dennis, MA, along with additional projects at various stages of feasibility and design.

For more than 10 years he worked as energy consultant for some of the largest U.S. utility and energy companies, including California’s Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), ConEdison of New York, Southern Co. in Georgia, Arizona Public Service and Reliant Energy in Texas. He delivered competitive electric and natural gas retail market analysis and innovations at the customer level and managed a multi-client project on energy markets.


Tom has expertise in wholesale and retail electric markets, analyzing financial pro forma scenarios, processing historical energy consumption data, and analyzing current/future utility tariffs. He has deep experience with retail power sales and the certification, marketing and trading of renewable energy certificates (some people call these RECs, others call them “Green” certificates).

  • BA - Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences/Political Science
    Northwestern University
  • MS - Resource Economics, University of Rhode Island

Tom is president of the non-profit Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, a 25-mile community path planned for Massachusetts pedestrian and cyclists, with 7 miles opened in 2009.