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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.

"Public Utilities and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law"

Sign up now for our 31st annual Public Utilities Symposium, to be held on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia on Wednesday, September 21. An online option will be available for those who are unable to travel.


This year’s theme is “Public Utilities and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.”  The program includes an outstanding lineup of state commissioners, utility executives, and consumer advocate representatives. Sessions will address clean energy infrastructure, water and wastewater contaminant regulations, grid resiliency, and a view from the C-suite of industry.


Learn more about all of FRI’s programs on the Programs page.

Hot Topic Hotline: "Decarbonizing the Natural Gas System"

Reduction of carbon emissions is a focal point of federal and state energy and environmental policies, but what does that mean for the natural gas industry?  For this HTH, we brought together a host of experts to discuss technologies and processes to achieve net-zero and clean natural gas products (including carbon capture and RNG), market and policy challenges for implementing these technologies, and regulatory options for facilitating and encouraging a transition to clean(er) natural gas options.


Panelists include Paul Kjellander (KJEL LLC; Commissioner Emeritus, Idaho), Chris Garbacz (Mississippi Public Utilities Staff), Daniel Lapato (American Gas Association), Mark LeBel (Regulatory Assistance Project), and Chris Peterson (HuschBlackwell).


FRI’s Hot Topic Hotlines are free and open to the public and are archived on our YouTube channel (FRI-MIZZOU).