public utility

(redirected from Utility companies)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.

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.
References in periodicals archive ?
Facilitation requires close communication between the city and the utility companies. And, communication requires a mutual understanding of the processes and terminology used by both the city and the utility companies.
A significant number of the Institute's members work for corporations that are affected by the proposed regulations relating to the application of the Code's normalization requirements to utility companies filing consolidated returns.
Mr Box said: "While most utility companies are responsible and councils want to work with them, a minority do a poor job.
"That is why I am putting forward proposals which would incentivise utility companies and local authorities to carry out their works at times when they will cause the minimum disruption to the travelling public." AA president Edmund King welcomed the proposal.He said: "Anything that can stimulate more efficient working to reduce or eliminate this congestion is welcome and we hope the proposals will be positively received and can be implemented quickly."
The bill is a result of the debilitating ice storm last December in Central Massachusetts which left thousands of residents without power for weeks and concerns about response by utility companies - especially Unitil.
A CRACKDOWN on utility companies carrying out roadworks without care and attention to traffic and pedestrians has netted more than pounds 100,000 in fines.
The proposed standard is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F17.60 on Gas, part of ASTM International Committee F17 on Plastic Piping Systems, and is being led by several key stakeholders including gas utility companies, regulator staff members of the manufacturing community and R&D organizations such as NYSEARCH, Northeast Gas Association.
UTILITY companies dug the equivalent of two million trenches in England and Wales during streetworks last year, it was revealed last night.
The two utility companies will initiate a rooftop greening business in collaboration with their group companies: The General Environment Technos, a KEPCO Group company, and Technos Green, an Osaka Gas Group firm.
Utility companies are unique, in that they are for-profit service organizations that have a great deal of responsibility to the government and constituents of the areas that they serve.
THE RAC Foundation has welcomed news that the government intends to introduce new legislation to cut the pounds 2bn worth of delays caused by utility companies digging up the UK's roads.

Full browser ?