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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.

2022 Programs - Save the Date!

The spring Advanced Seminar on Electric Pricing & Rate Design will be held virtually May 23-25. Registration deadline is May 18.


FRI’s inaugural Regulated Utilities Leadership Institute will be held June 6-9 on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia. Registration deadline is May 16.


Our annual Public Utilities Symposium will be held on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia on Wednesday, September 21. Registration will open in June.


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

HTH Webinar Series on Transmission Infrastructure

“Prudent and Efficient: A Discussion of Optimal Transmission Planning and Development for 2022 and Beyond”


Our two-part webinar series discussing comprehensive transformation planning efforts for regional and inter-regional electricity transmission in light of the recently-passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is now available on the HTH page and our FRI-MIZZOU channel on YouTube. Part One will focus on the challenges and opportunities for transmission planning in and between RTO footprints, while Part Two will focus on policy issues related to transmission planning and development.