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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.

Hot Topic Hotline: Post-COVID Arrearages

THURSDAY, JULY 22,  12:00pm CDT


Join our Hot Topic Hotline webinar for a panel discussion on Arrearage Management Plans and other tools being considered to deal with consumer debt post-COVID. Panelists will include Michelle Scala (Oregon Public Utilities Commission staff), Kim Rikalo (Sacramento Municipal Utility District), and Olivia Wein (National Consumer Law Center). The panel will be moderated by Commissioner Clifford Rechtschaffen of the California Public Utility Commission.

2021 Public Utility Symposium



This year marks the 30th annual FRI Public Utility Symposium. This year’s program will revisit predictions from the 2013 Symposium, “Visualizing the Future: Public Utilities in 2020”, assess where we are today and how things have changed, and consider what that might mean for the future.  We will once again be meeting in-person on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia. An online option will also be available for those with travel limitations.