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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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GPRS, headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, provides private utility locating and concrete scanning services to utilities, contractors, engineering firms and environmental consultants in every major market in the United States.
The firm says it is the first private utility to invest in this capital intensive high technology space and be successful sustainably.
Utico owns over 76 million gallons per day (MIGD) of desalination capacity including 40MIGD under construction due for commissioning in 2019/2020, thus making it the first private utility to invest in this capital intensive high technology space and be successful sustainably.
Utico owns over 76 million gallons per day (MIGD) of desalination capacity including 40 MIGD under construction due for commissioning in 2019/2020, thus making it the first private utility to invest in this capital intensive high technology space and be successful sustainably.
The course is most effectively delivered with participation of public and private utility companies, State department of transportation contractors, risk managers, right-of-way staff, mid- to senior-level managers, and engineering consultants.
With negotiations for a sale to a private utility company stalled by a conflict between Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and City Council, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission was concerned enough to conduct a hearing on the future of Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW).
The construction cost will be borne by private utility Corix.
It has long been a bugbear of mine that Revenue and Customs, Work and Pensions, etc, as well as private utility companies, rip us off - by charging premium rates for their "084" number "help"-lines.
In a move that could benefit consumers in Oman and the region, UTICO, a leading private utility developer in the Middle East, unveiled a utility development project that would lead to lower consumer tariffs and zero subsidies at the Oman Water and Power Summit 2012 that recently concluded.
Joseph Aboudiwan, head of Saudi Oger utilities division, said: "Saudi Oger's active role in the development of this expansion underscores our deep commitment to the realisation of private utility schemes in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and regionally."
Reuters news agency also confirmed the source's revealing that the company, which hopes a 17 percent stake in Morocco's second largest telecom operator Medi Telecom, a 30 percent share in the company that manages Morocco's biggest port of Tangier and 20 percent of private utility firm Lydec.
This includes creating mass unemployment in excess of the Thatcher years; continually allowing the private utility companies to incresase their prices high above inflation, ensuring huge profits putting millions of people into fuel poverty; ensuring pay rises in the private and public sector are below inflation means people can not keep up with their rising bills; encouraging the railways to continuously hike their prices, again above inflation; selling of housing stock to private companies when there is a housing shortage; selling the profit-making part of Northern Rock at a loss; making a university education impossible for all but the rich and privatising the National Health Service by stealth.

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