Robert J. Trulaske Sr., College of Business, University of Missouri
2018 FRI Crystal Award

Crystal Award

Colette D. Honorable selected as the 2018 FRI Crystal Award Recipient!

The FRI is excited to announce Colette D. Honorable, Partner at Reed Smith, as the 2018 recipient of the FRI Crystal Award for Distinguished Contribution!

The FRI Crystal Award was created to recognize an individual who has made outstanding and sustained contributions to the design, implementation or analysis of public utility regulatory policy. Formal presentation of the award to Colette D. Honorable will take place during the 2018 FRI Symposium on September 26th.  

The FRI is also pleased to acknowledge the official sponsor of the 2018 FRI Crystal Award for Distinguished Contribution, the American Petroleum Institute (API). The support received from API makes it possible for the FRI to recognize excellence and achievement across regulated public utilities.  


Colette D. HonorableColette D. Honorable is a member of Reed Smith's Energy and Natural Resources Group resident in the Washington, D.C. office. Colette is a highly regarded policy maker in domestic and international energy sectors. Colette recently served as Commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She was nominated by President Barack Obama in August 2014, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December 2014 for a term that expired in June 2017. At FERC, Honorable focused on reliability oversight of the bulk power system, cyber and physical security, oversight of wholesale markets, transmission planning and cost allocation in regional transmission organizations, gas-electric coordination, renewables integration, energy storage integration and valuation, enforcement, ratemaking, infrastructure development, and enforcement matters. Colette joined the FERC from the Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC), where she served since October 2007, and led as Chairman from January 2011-January 2015.

As Chairman of the PSC, Colette was charged with ensuring safe, reliable and affordable retail electric service. During her tenure, Arkansas led the South and Southeast in comprehensive energy efficiency programs, and electric rates were consistently among the lowest in the nation. Both state and federal regulatory appointments culminated in nearly ten years of regulatory experience in key leadership roles.

Colette is past president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, where she focused on pipeline safety, reliability, resilience, fuel diversity, and workforce development. She has testified before Congress on multiple occasions on a range of energy issues.

Prior to joining the Arkansas PSC, Colette served as chief of staff to the Arkansas Attorney General and as a member of the governor's cabinet as Executive Director of the Arkansas Workforce Investment Board.  Her previous employment includes service as a consumer protection and civil litigation attorney, and as a senior assistant attorney general in Medicaid fraud before serving as an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law and Special Judge of the Pulaski County Circuit Court.

Colette is a Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution for their Energy and Climate Initiative; a Senior Fellow with the Bipartisan Policy Center, a member of the Global Advisory Board for the Energy Futures Initiative; an Ambassador for the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative, an effort co-led by the U.S. Department of Energy and the MIT Energy Initiative formed under the auspices of the International Clean Energy Ministerial. She has also held previous appointments to the National Petroleum Council and served as Chair of the Department of Transportation's Joint Technical Advisory Committee for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. A native of Arkansas, she is a graduate of the University of Memphis and received a Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.


What is the FRI Crystal Award?

The FRI Crystal Award for Distinguished Contribution recognizes an individual who has made recent outstanding and significant contributions to the design, implementation or analysis of public utility regulatory policy. It provides an opportunity to recognize excellence and achievement across regulated industries and further promotes the mission and purpose of the FRI - to serve as a neutral environment for the comprehensive examination of sound regulatory policy.


  • Individuals with at least 10 years of experience related to regulated industry. 
  • Nominees are not restricted to companies or states represented by the FRI Advisory Board Members. 
  • Recipient must be present to accept the award during the FRI Symposium activities.
  •  Self-nominations are permitted. 
  • Nominations will not be accepted from individuals who are employed by or represent the organizations serving on the award selection committee.
  • Nominees may be, but are not limited to:

    • Former Commissioners

    • Regulatory Staff

    • Energy Executives

    • Consultants

    • Academics

  • Nominees may not be:

    • FRI Advisory Board Members

    • Individuals employed by regulated public utility companies

    • Current Public Office Holders

    • Individuals from organizations represented by the 2018 FRI Crystal Award Selection Committee


  • Originality and extent of the contributions made by the individual to the design, implementation, or analysis of public utility regulatory policy.
  • Sustained nature of these contributions over time.
  • The measurable impact of the individual’s accomplishments such as changes in industry or regulatory policies, citations or use by others of the individual’s work. 
  • Extent of peer, industry, academic or public recognition of the individual’s accomplishments in the area of public utility regulatory policy.

FRI Award Selection Committee:                                         

  • FRI Director 
  • FRI Chair 
  • FRI Vice Chair
  • FRI Alumni 
  • Crystal Award Sponsor

Selection Process, Terms & Requirements: 

Upon submission of a nomination, nominators: (i) authorize the FRI or any third party acting on their behalf to reproduce and publish their nominations in all forms of media (ii) warrant to the FRI that all the information supplied as part of the nomination is true and complete; and (iii) acknowledge that if the nomination reaches the final stages of the competition the contact person detailed in the nomination form will be contacted by the FRI and will have the choice whether or not to proceed in the competition as the recipient is required to be present during the FRI Symposium.

  • All required elements of the nomination form must be completed.
  • Nomination forms may be submitted online or sent directly to Sarah Gott via email at No hard copies will be accepted.
  • Entries will not be returned. All entries become the property of the FRI and the contents may be used in promotional materials
  • Nominations were accepted thru December 31, 2017 and required to be sent no later than 6:00 PM (Central) on December 31, 2017.
  •  All nominations received thereafter were ineligible for the award.
  • Recipient will be formally presented during the FRI Symposium Activities.
  • All nominations will be evaluated by a diverse executive FRI Award Selection Committee charged with evaluating nominations in an unbiased fashion based on the eligibility and criteria.