The Institute of Public Utilities (IPU) is an independent, not-for-profit research and educational organization located at Michigan State University, which qualifies for charitable support. IPU is supported in part through grants and contributions from a diverse group of organizations. Contributed funds are designated for general research purposes; in accordance with University rules, contributors cannot stipulate or expect control or specific output.

Contributions help us maintain institute operations and minimize program costs. In particular, contributions support essential and affordable professional-development opportunities for regulatory commissioners and staff members, including the program known as “Camp NARUC.” Contributions help sustain an independent, university-based knowledge center and a network of expertise that is focused exclusively on utility policy and recognized by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). Finally, contributions create opportunities for regulatory and industry leaders to participate in advanced educational programs and interactive conferences.

Supporters of IPU are committed to our mission of supporting informed and efficient utility regulation by providing integrative, interdisciplinary, and balanced professional-development opportunities to the regulatory policy community. Current IPU supporters include providers of regulated utility services in the electricity, natural gas, telecommunications, and water sectors.

Contributions to IPU are accepted at any level of support. Participation on IPU’s Industry Advisory Board requires a grant in the amount of $15,000 or more.

Please download our sponsorship invitation and contribution form here. For inquiries please contact IPU Director Dr. Janice Beecher at 517.355.1876 or

Current supporters of IPU include:

To discuss supporting IPU, please contact Dr. Janice A. Beecher, Director, at 517.355.1876.