The Financial Research Institute (FRI) was established in 1988 within the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business at the University of Missouri to promote education, research and service across various areas of finance. Today the FRI, through its public utility division, provides a neutral environment for stakeholders in the regulated public utility industry to come together to examine, understand, and debate current issues relating to public utility policy.
Under the academic leadership of the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business at the University of Missouri, the Financial Research Institute, through its Public Utilities Division, serves as a neutral environment for the comprehensive examination of sound regulatory policy. The FRI provides interactive forums for consumers, regulators, industry and educators to facilitate innovation, understanding, and education in public utility policy issues.
Public Utility Symposium
The most visible program is the annual Symposium. This is a unique event where the content and speakers are brought together with the cooperation of commissioners, industry, and consumer advocates – resulting in a timely topic that is relevant and equally represented amongst public utility policy stakeholders. Approximately 200 utility executives, regulators and staff, and consumer advocates attend the Symposium which is held at University of Missouri.
SAVE THE DATE: 2021 FRI SYMPOSIUM: SEPTEMBER 22ND
FRI Crystal Award for Distinguished Contribution
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.
The FRI Advanced Seminar in Utility Rate Theory, Methods & Applications is a 12-hour seminar occurring over 4 days and focused on the electric industry. Attendees will gain intensive exposure to content through presentations, discussions and case studies lead by experts from a unique cross section of utility executives, former regulators, consumer advocates, academicians and consultants. The seminar will focus on the theory and application of electric pricing to address the transformation of the industry. Registration begins early April 2021.
SAVE THE DATE: 2021 FRI ADVANCED SEMINAR: MAY 25TH & 27TH AND JUNE 1ST & 3RD
State Commission Board Representation
- Arkansas ~ Commissioner Kimberly A. O'Guinn
- California ~ Commissioner Clifford Rechtschaffen
- Connecticut ~ Vice Chairman John W. "Jack" Betkoski III
- Florida ~ Commissioner Julie I. Brown
- Georgia ~ Commissioner Tricia Pridemore
- Idaho ~ Commissioner Paul Kjellander
- Illinois ~ Commissioner Sadzi Oliva
- Indiana ~ Commissioner Sarah Freeman
- Iowa ~ Commissioner Richard W. Lozier, Jr.
- Kansas ~ Commissioner Susan K. Duffy
- Kentucky ~ Commissioner Talina R. Mathews, PhD
- Mississippi ~ Chairman Brandon Presley
- Missouri ~ Chairman Ryan A. Silvey
- Montana ~ Vice Chairman Brad Johnson
- New Jersey ~ Commissioner Mary-Anna Holden
- Ohio ~ Vice Chair M. Beth Trombold
- Oklahoma ~ Commissioner Dana L. Murphy
FRI Advisory Board
The Hot Topic Hotline (HTH) is a bi-monthly program for members to discuss relevant issues. Each HTH is sponsored by an advisory board member. This program provides an opportunity for regulators, industry, and consumer advocates to discuss and debate issues on a variety of topics in a neutral environment.