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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What is less understood is that even when governments force public utilities to buy renewables, power companies still have to use fossil fuels or uranium to keep the grid up and running when the sun and wind are off duty. George Melloan, WSJ, "Pruitt Leaves a Proud Legacy at the EPA," 11 July 2018 In Illinois, lawmakers considered a bill requiring public utilities operating in the state to report annually on the vulnerability of the state’s water supply system to cyberattacks. Greg Arnette, Fortune, "Commentary: States Are Getting Tough on Data Security—but That Might Be a Problem," 2 May 2018 The public utility company serves approximately 4,700 residential, commercial and institutional customers within the Town of Bel Air limits and in parts of neighboring Forest Hill and Fallston. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Bel Air water company seeks rate increase to recover new reservoir costs," 28 June 2018 The Sea Dance residential development plan outlines building 53 homes, private streets, public utilities, a water quality basin lot and a 1.15-acre public park on the 8.75-acre Franklin School site at 14422 Hammon Lane. Priscella Vega,, "Proposed subdivision on abandoned Franklin School site will go before Huntington Beach commissioners," 6 July 2018 The dam is classified as a low-hazard dam, meaning failure would cause little or no damage to other structures, public utility services, roads or railroads. Nancy Daly,, "More precautions taken at Big Bone park due to leaking dam," 28 June 2018 Fire personnel and public utilities workers were at the scene to shut off gas and electricity to the house. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Man dies after car crashes into North Sacramento home," 27 June 2018 Some public utility districts have imposed advance payment requirements for infrastructure upgrades, frozen new mining operations, or created new tiers of service to charge miners more. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "William Shatner Promotes Solar-Powered Cryptocoin Mining," 14 June 2018 Edwards has brought decades of public utility operations and management experience to New Orleans, drawing from a nearly 13-year tenure as the general manager for Anaheim Public Utilities. Beau Evans,, "Sewerage & Water Board extends interim leader's contract 2 weeks," 18 Apr. 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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