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  • Institute of Public Utilities Regulatory Research & Education
    to the various participants in the regulatory process including consumer and environmental advocates attorneys consultants and utility personnel Although utility regulators comprise our core audience IPU s outreach extends to energy resource and environmental regulators public policy makers in general and other public and private stakeholders in the regulatory policy community We are committed to providing all attendees with the knowledge and tools they need for success IPU educational programs provide highly specialized and integrative continuing education for practitioners with backgrounds in the variety of academic disciplines that are necessary to effective economic regulation in its quasi judicial quasi legislative and quasi administrative capacities The Institute s flagship Annual Regulatory Studies Program affectionately known as Camp NARUC is particularly well recognized and regarded by regulatory practitioners Since assuming responsibility for this program in 1972 IPU has provided academically grounded and essential training to thousands of commissioners and staff members of economic regulatory agencies The foundational emphasis of the Camp program is well complemented by the hands on experience provided by the Utility Rate Schools The Michigan Forum on Economic Regulatory Policy brings key policymakers and stakeholders together annually at MSU IPU also conducts an Advanced Regulatory Studies Program for seasoned professionals in the public and private sectors as well as specialty conferences and programs In 2010 for example IPU will host a technically oriented Grid School to help inform public policy and regulatory decision making with regard to modernization of the nation s electricity grid In addition to our educational role IPU also has interests and expertise in data collection and applied research on utilities regulation and related public policy issues Today s complex concerns range from structural change and the integration of markets and regulation to issues of infrastructure investment technological change and security to the application of advanced modeling and forecasting tools and impact analysis to global climate change resource alternatives and efficiency to the impact of utilities on the human condition and vice versa Sustainability defined in both environmental and economic terms is emerging as an intellectual focus of IPU Organization Accountability and Funding IPU was originally organized within the Graduate School of Business where the Department of Economics also was located IPU was relocated to the College of Communications in 2002 and to the College of Social Science in 2007 where it now resides IPU s genuinely interdisciplinary character provides a strong rationale for organization at the college level IPU has linkages to centers and departments within the Social Science College including Political Science and Economics but also across colleges particularly Engineering Law Business and Agriculture and Natural Resources IPU s work is linked closely to several of the strategic initiatives of the College including those related to technology the bio economy human development climate change response and adaptation and in particular the role of standards in society MSU colleges departments programs and centers with which IPU affiliates include Institute for Public Policy Social Research Center for Economic Analysis Quello Center for Telecommunication Management Law The

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