John Rogers

Senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

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John Rogers is a senior energy analyst with expertise in renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and policies. He co-manages the Energy and Water in a Warming World Initiative (EW3) at UCS that looks at water demands of energy production in the context of climate change. He holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and a bachelor's degree from Princeton University. See John's full bio.

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4 Reasons to Vote NO on Florida’s (Anti-) Solar Amendment 1

UPDATE (November 9, 2016): You did it, Florida! The utilities and their Koch-funded allies way outspent opponents in their push to get this anti-solar measure passed. But Amendment 1 still got only 51% of the vote—way short of the 60% it needed to pass. Even when companies and organizations muddy the waters and throw up smokescreens, solar still shines bright. Well done, Sunshine State.

Floridians are making a lot of important choices next week. One that’s not getting quite the same level of attention, but is important anyway, is about a ballot initiative on solar. Anything having to do with solar must be a great thing, right? That’s just what the proponents want us to think. Here are four reasons why Florida voters should reject this anti-solar “solar” proposal: Read more >

Floridians for Solar Choice
Energy and Policy Institute
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First Offshore Wind in the Western Hemisphere, Right Off Our Shores. What Does it Mean?

Last week I took my son and friends to behold a brand new energy source that has sprung up just off the coast: the first offshore wind turbines in the United States—actually, the first anywhere in the Americas. This is a moment worth savoring, and definitely worth sharing with the next generation. Read more >

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Photo: Mark Jurrens (Wikimedia)
Photo: Mark Jurrens (Wikimedia)

Which States are the Most Energy-Efficient? A “Dramatic Photo Finish,” and a Tie for Top Honors

Some people get excited about fall because of the beautiful foliage, the delightful blend of sunny days and crisp cool nights, and the bountiful harvests of apples and other tasty treats. I love all that, too. But I also enjoy this time of year because it brings the annual assessment of how states are doing on energy efficiency. And this year was more of a nail-biter than most.

Whoever’s on top, though, it’s clear that when states make progress on energy efficiency, we all win. Read more >

Photo: Mark Jurrens (Wikimedia)
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I’m Just About to Install Solar. Here’s What I’m Looking to Get out of It…

My rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system is finally set to be installed. Now I find myself on the edge of solarization, and I want to be clear—with myself at least—why I’m doing this. Just what am I hoping to get out of it? Read more >

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Hosting Wind: How One Community Embraced its Wind Farm

Recently a colleague and I got to spend some time in a fine part of New York State with welcoming communities, beautiful rolling hills, picturesque barns and silos—and a ridge-full of wind turbines. What quickly became clear is that, for the host communities, the wind farm isn’t just about economics: the project is also part of the communities’ sense of self. Read more >

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