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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.

Register now for the Regulated Utilities Leadership Institute!

Register now for our 3rd annual Regulated Utilities Leadership Institute (RULI)! RULI is designed for individuals who are newer to the regulated utility space or whose jobs are not directly related to regulatory and rates, but who seek a better understanding of the whys and hows of utility regulation. The program brings together participants from various regulated utilities and sectors (electricity, natural gas, and water) as well as commission staff and from various regulatory jurisdictions, allowing for peer learning and networking across utility spaces and regulatory environments.


This program will be held on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, MO, and led by an experienced team of academic scholars.

Save the Date for our 2024 Public Utility Symposium!

This year’s annual Public Utility Symposium will be held Wednesday, Sept 18, at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel in St. Louis, MO. The conference theme is Fearless: Planning Processes and Resilience to Deal with Extreme Weather Events. In addition to an outstanding lineup of speakers to address topics such as building resilience into a growing utility load, striking a balance between intermittent and dispatchable energy resources while maintaining a resilient grid, acquiring financing with environmental and regulatory uncertainty, and a view from the C-Suite, the program will also include presentation of the 2024 Crystal Award for Distinguished Contribution.


Registration will open in early June. Mark your calendar now and watch here, LinkedIn, X (formerly Twitter), and Facebook for registration details.

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