Join us on September 17th, 2014 for a full day of discussion and debate as we explore:
In addition to the three panels below, the Symposium will feature a debate that asks “Is the federal regulatory process for public utilities efficient and effective for satisfying consumer and producer needs in the 21st century?”
The FRI Symposium Panels will examine current and emerging issues in public utility sustainability. Panel I The first panel will explore the challenges facing the electric, gas, and water industries as changes in technology, legislation/regulation, consumer preferences, and market forces impact the long term sustainability of utility operations. Panel II Panel II will critically explore various possible responses for increasing environmental responsibility in utility operations while simultaneously improving the efficiency of production, distribution, and customer service activities. Panel III Panel III will discuss how dynamic market forces are shaping the cost structures that will allow for the sustained production and distribution of utility services while considering issues associated with consumer affordability and access.
Approximately 200 utility executives, regulators and staff, and consumer advocates attend the symposium, which is held at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, at the five-star conference center, the Donald W. Reynolds Alumni Center. The Reynolds Alumni Center is located just south of Jesse Hall, the landmark domed administration building of the University of Missouri. The Center has sweeping views of the campus, both old and new.
The University of Missouri was founded in 1839 in Columbia, Missouri, as the first public university west of the Mississippi River and the first state university in Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase territory. MU provides all the benefits of two universities in one — it's a major land-grant institution and Missouri's largest public research university.Mizzou has a diverse enrollment with 32,000 students from every county in Missouri, every state in the nation and 115 countries. The favorite classroom for the best and brightest, Mizzou attracts more valedictorians, Curators Scholars and twice as many of the state’s Bright Flight Scholars than any other college or university in Missouri. Fans from all across the state cheer on the MU Tigers football team at Memorial Stadium.Designated as a botanic garden, MU’s 1,250-acre main campus features more than 5,000 trees and 650 varieties of plants. A number of University buildings also are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Columbia is the fifth-largest city in Missouri, and the largest city in Mid-Missouri. Located among small tributary valleys of the Missouri River, Columbia is roughly equidistant from St. Louis and Kansas City. Greater St. Louis is 70 miles (110 km) to the East, and the Kansas City Metropolitan Area is 100 miles (160 km) to the West. Today, Columbia has a highly diversified economy, and is often ranked highly for its business atmosphere. Never a strong center of industry and manufacturing, the city's economic base relies on the education, medical, technology and insurance industries. Studies consistently rank Columbia as a top city in which to live for educational facilities, healthcare, technological savvy, economic growth, cultural opportunities and cost of living. Money Magazine, Men's Journal, MSN.com and others have all called Columbia, Missouri, one of America’s best places to live because of its excellent quality of life.
September 17, 2014 7:15 AM - 4:45 PMCentral Time
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