The Institute for Regulatory Policy Studies seeks to be the premier institution for research and education in regulatory economics and public policy in the State of Illinois and to have a national reputation for excellence in Midwestern regulatory issues. We will accomplish this by having the best Master’s Program in Electricity, Natural Gas and Telecommunications Economics, by performing statewide workshops to educate external stakeholders, by publishing a research white paper series, and by publishing articles and books in peer-reviewed outlets.
The Institute is a housed within the Department of Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences at Illinois State University. The organizational structure consists of an Executive Director, a Director of Outreach, a Director of Research, a Board of Advisors, and several advisory committees. For for information, see the Institute bylaws.
The Institute for Regulatory Policy Studies, which was created in 1997, serves the electricity, natural gas, and telecommunications industries and the regulatory community. The Institute's agenda includes education, communication, and research on policy issues of interest to consumers, regulators, and utilities in Illinois and throughout the nation.
- direct involvement in the master's and undergraduate degree programs in the Department of Economics at Illinois State University,
- designing and implementing seminars and conferences on selected regulatory issues, and
- objective research on important public policy issues.
- providing job postings in utility and regulatory economics
The Institute, which is housed in the Department of Economics at Illinois State University is supported by Illinois State and member organizations through annual contributions. The member organizations that provide financial support to the Institute include:
- Ameren Illinois
- Commonwealth Edison
- Illinois American Water
- MISO Energy
- Nicor/AGL Resources
- WEC/Peoples Gas
Representatives from each regular member company serve on a Board of Advisors, the Conference Subcommittee, and the Curriculum Subcommittee. Check out a set of interesting links concerning electricity, natural gas, and telecommunications.