The terms of Bluescape's investment were laid out in a regulatory filing Clean Line made to the ICC:
In the transaction, Clean Grid Holdings LLC (“Clean Grid”), a new investor in Clean Line, will be entitled to convert its Preferred Units in Clean Line, which are a convertible preferred security, into common equity interests in Clean Line, with the result that the current majority common equity owner of Clean Line will no longer be the majority common equity owner.
Clean Grid is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bluescape Resources Company LLC (“Bluescape”), a Delaware limited liability holding company. Bluescape is a private investment and operating company with its headquarters located in Dallas, Texas. Bluescape pursues investment opportunities in the oil and gas and power and utilities industries. The Bluescape management team has significant experience in these industries and in making investments and managing assets and companies across the energy sector.
On June 30, 2015, Clean Grid invested $12,000,000 in Clean Line in exchange for 12,000,000 newly issued Preferred Units (comparable to preferred stock in a corporation). In addition, as a result of this investment, Clean Grid is entitled to appoint two directors to Clean Line’s Board of Directors (the “Board”), which has expanded from five members to seven members. After approval of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (“OCC”), pursuant to Oklahoma law, is obtained for further investment by Clean Grid in Clean Line, (1) the Board can require Clean Grid to make an additional $5,000,000 investment, for a total investment of $17,000,000; and (2) Clean Grid, at its option, will have the right to invest another $33,000,000, for a total investment of $50,000,000.
If Clean Grid exercises its option with respect to the 12,000,000 Preferred Units it already holds, then the common equity interests of Clean Line Investor, LLC, GridAmerica Holdings, Inc., Michael Zilkha, and Clean Line Investment LLC, would decline from 54%, 39%, 2% and 5%, respectively, to 47%, 32%, 2% and 4%, respectively. Clean Line Investor, LLC would then own less than 50% of Clean Line and as a result, would no longer be the majority owner of Clean Line.
The transactions described herein will result in an additional investment of $12,000,000, a subsequent investment of $5,000,000, and potentially an additional investment of $33,000,000, in Clean Line. Clean Line can invest this new capital (potentially up to $50,000,000) in the projects of Clean Line’s subsidiaries, including the Rock Island Project.
Like suddenly becoming a wind farm company.
Or joining the head of the American Gas Association and 13 other energy industry leaders in writing a letter to Congress that urged lawmakers to fully fund the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency.
Or begging the Missouri PSC for a decision on its GBE application, even if that decision is a denial.
Or giving up on the transmission dream in order to follow the whims of an investor with a corporate raider reputation.
Who knows what Clean Line Energy could become? It may not be delightful for Michael Skelly, but perhaps the fat paychecks will continue for a little while.