A longtime Fairbanks resident and state leader, Rogers served for seven years as the UA system's finance vice president, four years in the Alaska State House and eight years as a member of the UA Board of Regents, with three of those years as chair.
A former UAF student, he attended Trinity College and Brown University before receiving his master's degree in public administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 1996, Rogers formed Information Insights, an economic and public policy consulting firm, serving as principal consultant and chief financial officer.
Rogers has served as chair of the UArctic Board of Governors, The Nature Conservancy Alaska Trustees and the Great Northwest Athletic Conference CEO board, as well as a member of numerous community and state organizations including the Foraker Group Governance Board, the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Fairbanks Downtown Rotary and several others.
Local Know-how. Global Solutions.
"Alaska has the world’s greatest concentration of experience and expertise for integrating renewable and conventional power in hybrid systems."
— Peter Lilienthal, Global Microgrid Lead at HOMER Energy by UL
Alaska is a global leader in microgrid technology with:
15% of microgrids worldwide with grid-scale levels of renewable generation.
The largest number of established renewable-hybrid microgrids in the United States, including close to 50% of U.S. installed capacity.
More than 200 islanded diesel-powered microgrids, ranging from 100kW to 5MW, with more than 70 that have integrated local renewable energy resources into the existing diesel system.
Over four million operating hours integrating grid-scale renewables on islanded microgrids.
Microgrids are critically relevant to both grid-connected and isolated regions because:
The need for greater grid reliability across the developed world, including the continental U.S., is increasing. Microgrids are an important mechanism for improving grid resilience and reliability.
Local microgrids that incorporate local renewable resources are a pathway to expanding electricity access to previously unserved regions of developing nations.
Remote, place-based industries such as mines need the sort of reliable power solutions that can best be provided by on-site microgrid solutions.
The need for community resilience in the face of natural and human-caused disasters is increasing. Microgrids increase resilience of electric power services in vulnerable areas.