Twenty-five years since the passage of the Energy Policy Act, HEPG continues to serve as the key incubator of concepts that have shaped many aspects of the North American electricity market.

At HEPG plenary sessions, regulators, policy-makers, and industry leaders test ideas, hear comprehensive analysis of challenges, and address the consequences of different approaches to address them.  

"The Harvard Electricity Policy Group in my view has played an extraordinary role in a hugely complex public policy issue which requires real intellectual effort, and people in the industry and in the regulatory establishment recognize that."

Philip Sharp
U.S. Representative, Indiana, 1975-1995
Chair, Energy and Power Subcommittee, 1987-1995

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Evolving the RPS: A Clean Peak Standard for a Smarter Renewable Future,” 2016.Abstract
Executive Summary
Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) have been fundamental to jump-starting the renewable energy (RE) industry, accounting for over 60% of the growth in RE generation since 2000. However, the simple MWhbased approach used by traditional RPS policies does not differentiate between each renewable MWh based on its value to the grid or for reducing fuel consumption. Already some states are experiencing challenges as renewable energy production during certain times is beginning to provide diminished value in terms of reduced fuel consumption or capacity contribution. As states continue to achieve their RPS
goals and reach increasingly higher levels of RE penetration, new approaches will likely be needed to guard against diminishing returns of a simple MWh based approach.

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Ashley BrownAshley Brown

Executive Director of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group

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William W. Hogan

Raymond Plank Professor of Global Energy Policy
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