Paula Garcia

Bilingual Energy Analyst

Media Contact

Paula Garcia is an energy analyst in the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She evaluates energy resource and climate change mitigation options in the electricity sector and works to advance public understanding of renewable and conventional energy technologies, policies and markets.

Ms. Garcia has worked for several years as a researcher and analyst interacting with a broad variety of clients, including private sector, government, community-based organizations and international nongovernmental organizations. She came to UCS from Oxfam America, where she conducted research used to design an investment fund to support entrepreneurship initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean. As a consultant for Meister Consultant Group, she provided the Colombian government with information about how to develop renewable energy on a large scale.

Ms. Garcia holds a M.A. in sustainable international development from Brandeis University and an industrial engineering degree from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia, where she is originally from. She serves on the Boston Area Solar Energy Association’s board of directors.


Selected publications

Sattler S., Gignac J., Collingsworth J., Clemmer S. and Garcia P., 2018: Achieving a Clean Energy Transition in Illinois: Economic and Public Health Benefits of Replacing Coal Plants in Illinois With Local Clean Energy Alternatives, The Electricity Journal

Garcia P., Baek Y., Clemmer S., Collingsworth J., Gignac J., Kibbey JC. and Sattler S., 2018: Soot to Solar: Illinois's Clean Energy Transition, Union of Concerned Scientists

Rogers J. and Garcia P., 2017: Clean Energy Momentum: Ranking State Progress, Union of Concerned Scientists

Rogers J. and Garcia P., 2016: Massachusetts's Electricity Future: Reducing Reliance on Natural Gas through Renewable Energy, Union of Concerned Scientists

Clemmer S., Collingsworth J., Garcia P. and Bailie A., 2016: Meeting the Clean Power Plan in Illinois, Union of Concerned Scientists

Garcia P., 2015: Rating the States on Their Risk of Natural Gas Overreliance, Union of Concerned Scientists