Friday Forums


IPU Friday Forums feature leading researchers working on contemporary issues of utility policy. We will share links to their working and published papers in advance. Brief presentations will be followed by discussant comments and roundtable dialog with the attendees. Most forums will be scheduled midday on Fridays on the Zoom platform, and last for about an hour. Some events in this series will be hosted by collaborative centers or organizations. Please check the schedule for continuous updates and join us for a Friday Forum soon!


Friday, May 14, 2021 – Noon Eastern time
Can We Utilize Smart Meter Data and Maintain Consumer Privacy?
“Data privacy and residential smart meters: Comparative analysis and harmonization potential.” (Utilities Policy, June 2021)
Dasom Lee, University of Twente
David Hess, Vanderbilt University
Link to paper
“Guidance on the usability-privacy tradeoff for utility customer data aggregation” (Utilities Policy, December 2020)
Benjamin Ruddell, Northern Arizona University
Link to paper
Discussants: Dr. Soren Anderson, MSU and David Springe, NASUCA
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Friday, May 21, 2021 – Noon Eastern time
How can risk analysis improve protection of critical and interdependent infrastructure?
Seth Guikema
Link to paper
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Friday, June 11, 2021 – Noon Eastern time
Does Restructuring Lower the Price of Electricity?
“Electricity Market Restructuring and Retail Rates,” (SSRN, 2021)
Kenneth Rose, DePaul University and IPU-MSU
Brittany Tarufelli, Louisiana State University
Gregory Upton, Louisiana State University
Link to paper
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