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public utility

an undertaking which provides a certain basic good or service such as gas, electricity or telecommunications. In some countries public utilities are mainly owned by the State, while in others they are privately owned but subject to regulation by the government. See RATE OF RETURN REGULATION, NATIONALIZATION VERSUS PRIVATIZATION.
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And through the first six months of 1997, Murkowski received a total of $43,000 from private utility companies--the most from any single industry and 25 percent of his total receipts.
The city recently discontinued an operational contract with United Water Services LLC (United), a private utility company, pursuant to which United performed all water and sewer system maintenance and operations functions, as well as billing, and customer service functions; the city retained collection responsibilities.
Gray Davis had to ask the Legislature to authorize an additional $500 million in taxpayer money to pay for electricity for the state's 24 million private utility customers.
Outages predicted for private utility customers in Southern California, however, failed to climb the Grapevine.
The city recently entered into a five-year contract with United Water Services LLC (United), a private utility company, pursuant to which United will perform all water and sewer system maintenance and operations functions, as well as billing, and customer service functions; the city retained collection responsibilities.
It was an 11th-hour power surge from Washington, Oregon and Canada on Thursday that saved California's private utility consumers from near-certain blackouts Thursday evening.
Series 2004B bond proceeds will be used to acquire CBU, a private utility company.
During the same time, private utility providers stopped building new power plants, shrinking supply and increasing demand on public utilities.

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