MainPower supports the Power Engineering Excellence Trust through the Electric Power Engineering Centre (EPECentre) hosted within the College of Engineering at the University of Canterbury.

EPECentre is New Zealand's centre of research excellence for electric power engineering. Its core areas of operation are education, research and industry interaction. The EPECentre is focused on bringing fresh minds and perspectives to New Zealand power engineering through student-industry interaction, enabling awareness of and planning for future industry challenges. It will be working to encourage greater numbers of students into power engineering courses at UC, to establish stronger relationships between students and the industry, to increase the quality and quantity of power engineers in New Zealand, and to create and foster power engineering innovation and research.