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Workshop at Harvard University


Cambridge (MA), May 6-10th 2019

The Harvard Environmental Economics Program, in collaboration with Enel Foundation, held a new high-level residential workshop in Cambridge MA, between May 6-10. The executive workshop involved senior experts and high level stakeholders to review current developments in energy and climate-change policy globally.

The discussion covered topics such as the role of networks, renewables and innovation in the energy transition as well as the importance of regional cooperation to coordinate national decarbonization plans and harmonize regulatory frameworks.

Since 2013 more than 100 high level subject matter experts from business, government and academia and representing more than 15 different countries have attended the workshops at Harvard and subsequent recalls, allowing for the cross-fertilization of ideas on policy development for a sustainable Energy Transition.

Prof. Robert Stavins, HEEP coordinator, commented, “the seventh offering of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program--Enel Foundation Workshop on the Analysis and Management of Energy and Environmental Policy, brought together a wonderful group of energy sector officials from four continents to spend five days with faculty members from Harvard University and beyond.  All of the evidence indicates that this workshop – like the others that preceded it – was a great success!”

Giuseppe Montesano, Deputy Director of Enel Foundation, added, “the faculty line up made it possible to develop a comprehensive program addressing sustainable energy in different contexts and across the entire electricity value chain from generation to supply of services. Group work by participants focused on relevant policy priorities for specific countries"

The program also included a special webinar by Prof. Shawn Cole (Harvard Business School) on “access to electricity in developing countries”. In particular, he focused on financing distributed solar power, with some reference to expanded connection to larger-scale grids. Seth Mahu Agbeve (Deputy Director Renewable Electricity at the Ministry of Energy, Ghana) was the respondent to Cole’s presentation, and the full webinar can be accessed here.    

Enel Foundation and the Harvard Environmental Economics Program continue to engage relevant stakeholders in high-level discussions and deliver important contributions to the international scientific debate.