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Welcome to the FRI

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

The FRI Public Utility Symposium, held in the fall, examines issues that impact consumers, industry, and regulators. Held on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, MO, this one-day symposium brings together regulators and commission staff, legislators, utility managers, policy analysts, attorneys, consumer advocates and academics. The FRI Advanced Pricing Seminar, held in late spring, brings together a range of industry experts to discuss issues around industry innovation, dynamics, and pricing in the electric industry. We also host a series of Hot Topic Hotline webinars throughout the year.

The FRI is housed within and under the academic leadership of the University’s Division of Applied Social Sciences. Working in cooperation with MU Extension, the FRI shares in the University’s mission of engagement and economic development. Learn more about FRI, our staff, and programs from the About FRI page.

Advanced Pricing Seminar


Registration is now open for the FRI Advanced Seminar in Utility Rate Theory, Methods & Applications is a 12-hour seminar occurring over 4 days and focused on the electric industry. Attendees will gain intensive exposure to content through presentations, discussions and case studies lead by experts from a unique cross section of utility executives, former regulators, consumer advocates, academicians and consultants. The seminar will focus on the theory and application of electric pricing to address the transformation of the industry. The Advanced Seminar is endorsed by the National Association of Regulated Utility Commissioners (NARUC), and CLE credit is approved for several states.

Public Utility Symposium


The FRI’s most visible program its annual Public Utility Symposium. This is a unique event where the content and speakers are determined by members of our Advisory Board, consisting of state commissioners, industry representatives, and consumer advocates – resulting in a timely topic that is relevant and equally represented amongst public utility policy stakeholders. Approximately 175 utility executives, regulators and staff, and consumer advocates attend the Symposium which is held on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia.