IPU Research

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IPU Research Papers and Presentation

Water Utility Consolidation: Is Fair Market Value Fair? (Beecher, 2019)
Potential for Regulating the Water Sector in Michigan (Beecher, 2019)

IPU Resource Pages

Fair Market Value
Water Affordability
Tax Reform

IPU Databases

IPU-MSU Database on Consumer Advocates in the U.S. (2020)

IPU-MSU Annual Demographics of U.S. Public Utility Commissioners (2020)

IPU-MSU Trends in Consumer Expenditures and Prices for Public Utilities (2021)

IPU-MSU All Commissioners Database (2020)


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