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.
REGISTRATION OPENS SPRING 2015
Join us on September 30th, 2015 for a full day of discussion and debate as we explore:
Issues in Infrastructure: Replacement, Resilience and Regulation.
of Symposium 2015 is utility infrastructure and the challenges associated with
its replacement and modernization, the extent to which resiliency and
sufficiency exists within the utility industries, and how to design more
effective regulatory or business models. The symposium will be developed around
three panels which separately discusses each of these issues.
will examine issues associated with the modernization and replacement of
utility physical infrastructure. Included in this discussion will be topics
such as the cost recovery of new investment, technological innovation and
modernization, mandated environmental investments, and the nature and extent of
new infrastructure needs.
will focus on the resiliency and sufficiency of utility infrastructure for the
21st century. Topics addressed in this panel include the ability of
the infrastructure to respond to disruptions originating from a variety of
factors, the challenges of physical and cyber security, the reliability and
sufficiency of existing infrastructure relative to projected demand growth, and
the impact of emerging technologies.
Panel 3 is intended to be an integrative panel with its emphasis on how changes
in utility business models and regulatory practices can lead to solutions for
many infrastructure challenges. The discussion of business practices will
examine how best to attract the investment capital necessary for infrastructure
modernization or replacement while considering consumer affordability and
access. This panel will also examine how changes in regulatory processes,
policies, and procedures can stimulate a more capable, resilient, and efficient
Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma
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.