Based at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard University's John F.Kennedy School of Government, the Harvard Electricity Policy Group (HEPG) provides a forum for the analysis and discussion of important policy issues facing the electricity industry. Founded in 1993, its objectives are to address key problems related to the transition to a more competitive electricity market, to foster informed and open debate, and to contribute to the wider public policy agenda affecting the electric sector.
Precipitated by the Energy Policy Act and other changes
in the electricity industry, HEPG’s agenda includes
the economics of electricity production and use, the
evolution of the industry and its regulatory institutions,
transition paths and strategies, and related public policy
goals. Through research, information dissemination,
and regular seminars on such topics, HEPG facilitates
discussion, which leads to the development of new
ideas or to an expansion of the debate. HEPG takes
no position on any issue and discussions focus on
informing and analyzing, rather than necessarily forming
a consensus. HEPG participants can and do speak on
their own behalf in the broader public policy debate.
HEPG’s participation spans the breadth of interests in
the electric sector. Participants include electricity industry
executives from public power and investor-owned
utilities, independent power producers, consumer
advocates, regulators, energy officials from both state
and federal governments, representatives of the environmental and financial communities, and academics.