Welcome to IPU
The Institute of Public Utilities (IPU) supports informed, effective, and efficient regulation of the infrastructure-intensive network industries providing essential utility services – electricity, natural gas, water, and telecommunications. IPU was established in 1965 and operates within the College of Social Science at Michigan State University, the nation’s pioneer land-grant institution. We are located on MSU’s beautiful East Lansing campus and collaborate with faculty and researchers from various academic colleges, departments, and centers. IPU is an independent nonprofit unit of the University and financially self-sustaining.
IPU specializes in conducting applied research and providing exceptional learning and networking opportunities to professionals in the utility policy community. 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 educational forums sharpen the skills needed to address today’s most salient challenges of infrastructure governance, including the integration of markets and economic regulation.
IPU is devoted to the ideals of regulatory independence and technical capacity. IPU’s diverse program faculty includes nationally recognized university educators and expert practitioners known for their insight, experience, and teaching ability. Program participation is typically eligible for continuing education credits and can lead to a Certificate of Continuing Regulatory Education (CCRE).
IPU is affiliated with MSU’s College of Social Science and shares its vision and mission: Our science transforms the human experience and inspires leaders. We will be global leaders in top-tier research while advancing engaged learning and societal well-being. For information about the College’s Strategic Plan, visit here.