public utility


Definition of public utility

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

Examples of public utility in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Under the law, doing so would not reclassify that gas station or convenience store into a public utility, thus opening the door for countless new sites to host charging stations. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 30 June 2022 Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry vowed to bring more investment to rural areas, and state Treasurer Sarah Godlewski pushed to make broadband a public utility. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 June 2022 Letha Tawney, one of Oregon’s three public utility commissioners, has been the agency’s point person on wildfire preparedness. oregonlive, 22 June 2022 Governors appoint public utility commissioners in many other states—and, of course, state legislatures can pass significant energy rules, too. Justin Worland, Time, 19 May 2022 For example, Nordic countries treat the development of low- and medium-cost housing as a public utility. Celine-marie Pascale, The Conversation, 14 Mar. 2022 Providing water to 190,000 residents, the project cost the county $35 million, with support from the local public utility. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 May 2022 Some who can afford to add solar panels to their homes have been deterred by the chaotic state of Puerto Rico’s finances, in particular a proposal to levy a charge on solar customers to help shore up the public utility. New York Times, 9 May 2022 The Donbas water company that could Donbas’s water system dates back to the 1930s, when the Soviet Union set up a public utility to water a rapidly industrializing region. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 4 May 2022 See More

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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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10 Aug 2022

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“Public utility.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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

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