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FRI - Financial Research Institute, University of Missouri

The Financial Research Institute (FRI) was established in 1988 within the College of Business at the University of Missouri-Columbia to promote education, research and service across various areas of finance. Today, the FRI, through its public utility division, provides a neutral environment for stakeholders in the regulated public utility industry to come together to examine, understand, and debate current issues relating to public utility policy.

Annual Public Utility Symposium

Join us on September 17th, 2014 for a full day of discussion and debate as we explore:

Emerging Challenges in the Sustainability of Public Utilities.

In addition to the three panels below, the Symposium will feature a debate that asks “Is the federal regulatory process for public utilities efficient and effective for satisfying consumer and producer needs in the 21st century?

NARUC President, Colette Honorable will represent the state perspective and former FERC Commissioner Suedeen Kelly will represent the federal side. Robert W. Gee, President of Gee Strategies Group will moderate. 
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The FRI Symposium Panels will examine current and emerging issues in public utility sustainability. 

Panel I
The first panel will explore the challenges facing the electric, gas, and water industries as changes in technology, legislation/regulation, consumer preferences, and market forces impact the long term sustainability of utility operations.

Panel II
Panel II will critically explore various possible responses for increasing environmental responsibility in utility operations while simultaneously improving the efficiency of production, distribution, and customer service activities.


Panel III
Panel III will discuss how dynamic market forces are shaping the cost structures that will allow for the sustained production and distribution of utility services while considering issues associated with consumer affordability and access.


State Commission Board Representation

Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma

Advisory Board

The FRI Advisory Board was established in 1988 as an essential component of the FRI. The advisory board includes regulators, industry executives, and consumer representatives, and operates under the leadership of Dr. Stephen Ferris. The board provides financial assistance, offers professional advice, and identifies the FRI's strategic direction.

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