John Rogers

Senior energy analyst

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John Rogers is a senior energy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists with expertise in clean energy technologies and policies and a focus on solar, wind, and natural gas. He has appeared numerous times on radio and television, and has been cited in many local and national publications. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Princeton University and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan. See John's full bio.

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500,000 US Clean Energy Jobs at Risk from COVID Effects

Workers in the clean energy sector, like the rest of the economy, are taking a serious hit from COVID-19. Two new analyses offer important new data for understanding the scale and breadth of COVID’s impacts on clean energy jobs. One tallies up the initial hit to clean energy workers, and looks at what more pain might be coming. The other looks at where clean energy’s powerful job creation ability had gotten the sector before COVID hit. Here’s what the numbers say about what’s at risk, and why it matters. Read more >

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Big Week for Offshore Wind (Three Steps Forward, One Sideways)

Offshore wind has been the subject of a whole lot of news in the last few days, much of it positive. Here’s the lowdown on some top stories.

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Renewables Will Be 80% of New US Electrical Generating Capacity in 2020

There’s good news in the latest near-term electricity prognostications from the US government: Renewable energy, the projections suggest, will account for 80% of the generating capacity to be installed in the country this year, with both solar and wind looking set to have record years. And that’s all setting us up to pass yet another exciting clean energy milestone, about renewable energy’s contribution to our nation’s electricity supply.

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UCS, based on EIA STEO 01-2020
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It’s 2020. Massachusetts Needs to Move Faster on Climate and Clean Energy. Here’s How

The Massachusetts legislature is back in session, and it’s not a moment too soon: We need our legislators to do their part to drive the clean energy progress that Massachusetts so dearly needs.

Progress on clean energy depends on the legislature, and the progress can drive our economy, create good jobs, improve public health by cutting harmful pollution, and help us significantly cut the carbon pollution responsible for climate change. And the legislative session is already almost two-thirds over. Read more >

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La energía solar es cada vez más eficiente, menos costosa y más resiliente

Los acontecimientos en los mercados residenciales, comerciales e institucionales son muy importantes para nuestro progreso hacia la energía limpia. Y con eficiencias más altas, precios más bajos y mayor resiliencia, la energía solar se pone cada día mejor. Read more >

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