Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

Institute of Public Utilities

Janice A. Beecher, Director

The Institute of Public Utilities (IPU) supports informed, effective, and efficient regulation of the providers of essential utility infrastructure and services – electricity, natural gas, water, and communications. IPU was established in 1965 at Michigan State University, the nation's pioneer land-grant institution, and is located on MSU’s beautiful East Lansing campus. IPU operates as a self-sustaining unit within the College of Social Science and collaborates with faculty and researchers from various academic colleges, departments, and centers. IPU delivers to the utility policy community independent, integrative, and interdisciplinary educational curricula and applied research on the institutions, theory, and practice of economic regulation and ratemaking. IPU specializes in building capacity for meeting the challenges of utility, network, and market governance, including modernization and transformation. IPU’s neutral analytical and instructional practice is informed by a broad array of traditional and applied disciplines, including economics, political science, law, accounting, finance, and engineering. IPU’s diverse program faculty includes nationally recognized university educators and expert practitioners known for their insight, experience, and teaching ability. IPU forums provide exceptional development and networking opportunities for everyone in the utility policy community, whether from the public, not-for-profit, or private sectors. Program participation is typically eligible for continuing education credits and can lead to a Certificate of Continuing Regulatory Education (CCRE).