FRI Programs

FRI provides several platforms for bringing regulators, industry, consumer advocates, and academic scholars together to discuss various issues facing regulated public utilities and the industries in which they operate.

Annual Public Utility Symposium

The Public Utility Symposium has been FRI’s hallmark program for over 30 years, held annually in autumn on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia. Each year’s theme is determined by FRI’s Advisory Board, and members of the Advisory Board guide the program design and recruit speakers and panel participants. The Symposium addresses issues that are relevant across the range of public utilities.  The 2022 Public Utility Symposium will be held on September 21. Registration will begin in early July.

Advanced Pricing Seminars

FRI offers advanced topic seminars addressing issues that may be more industry-specific. Speakers for these programs include academics and industry consultants as well as public utility, regulatory, and consumer advocate representatives. Because these programs go into more depth and have more active participant interaction, registration for these programs is limited to around 30 participants.

The Advanced Electric Pricing Seminar, held annually in the Spring, focuses on emerging trends and issues related to electric utility pricing. The 2022 Advanced Seminar on “Utility Rates and Pricing for the Future” will be held May 23-25 in St. Louis, MO. Registration will begin in early March.

We are in the planning stages for a new Advanced Water Pricing Seminar, to be held in October or November 2022. If you are interested in a potential program focused on water or on natural gas, please contact us at

Hot Topic Hotline Webinars

The Hot Topic Hotline offers a series of one-hour webinars throughout the year. Topics cover a variety of industry and regulatory issues identified by members of the FRI Advisory Board. The number and timing of HTH webinars each year vary depending on Advisory Board interests and schedules. Learn about upcoming Hot Topic Hotlines and find links to previous webinars (as they become available) on the HTH page.