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public utility

n. any organization which provides services to the general public, although it may be privately owned. Public utilities include electric, gas, telephone, water, and television cable systems, as well as streetcar and bus lines. They are allowed certain monopoly rights due to the practical need to service entire geographic areas with one system, but they are regulated by state, county and/or city public utility commissions under state laws. (See: monopoly)

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Gardner joined Black Hills as a design engineer in 2003 and most recently was director of operations for Black Hills Energys natural gas utility in Nebraska.
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28, worked in the natural gas industry for 44 years, including more than 30 years as CEO of the Middle Tennessee Natural Gas Utility District.
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