public utility


Definition of public utility

: a business organization (such as an electric company) performing a public service and subject to special governmental regulation

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That energy would flow to a grid connected to Cleveland Public Power's system, the city’s public utility, which would deliver the electricity. Mark Naymik,, "Cuyahoga County and Cleveland take steps toward microgrid while key player stays quiet," 10 June 2019 For public utilities, the setup is slightly different. David Roberts, Vox, "Oregon is poised to set a cap on greenhouse gas emissions. That’s a huge deal.," 5 June 2019 Jeff Lyash took over as president and CEO of the nation’s largest public utility on Monday. Jonathan Mattise, The Seattle Times, "New TVA head says board right on coal plant closures," 12 Apr. 2019 Elizabeth Warren wants to remake corporations into de facto public utilities. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "When Politicians Direct Capital," 31 Jan. 2019 The committee is discussing proposals aimed at easing the potential liability of the state’s public utilities for wildfires. Alejandro Lazo, WSJ, "California Questions Its Growth as Its Largest Wildfire Burns," 8 Aug. 2018 Rolando Emmanuelli Jimenez, an attorney for Puerto Rico’s public utility union, said the proposal didn’t require enough sacrifice from Cofina bondholders given the territory’s shrinking tax base. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Puerto Rico’s $18 Billion Bond Restructuring Nears Completion," 19 Jan. 2019 The park was leveled, and the grounds now hold office buildings for a public utility. azcentral, "Iconic Arizona businesses that are closed," 4 Nov. 2014 Like trash cans on major thoroughfares, bike share was not a recreational pastime but a public utility. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Let’s organize the city outside our front door with as much care as we do our homes," 30 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of public utility

1895, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of public utility was in 1895

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English Language Learners Definition of public utility

: a company (such as an electric company) that provides a public service and must follow special rules made by the government

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Legal Definition of public utility

: a business organization (as an electric company) performing a public service and subject to special government regulation

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