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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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While facilitation may seem to be contradictory to the idea of controlling utility companies, the city recognizes that if the Utility Policy is to succeed, there should be a partnership with utility companies in work affecting the public right-of-way.
The program offers utility companies a practical way to initiate a Global ReLeaf program in their service areas.
A member of the MACPA and the American Institute of CPAs, he has more than 10 years of experience working with utility companies. He is an active participant and frequent speaker for the Michigan Electric and Gas Association and the Michigan Cooperative Accountants Association.
On behalf of Tax Executive Institute, I am pleased to submit these comments on the Internal Revenue Service's proposed regulations on the application of the normalization requirements of sections 167(l) and 168(i)(9) of the Internal Revenue Code to utility companies that file consolidated federal income tax returns.
However, he asserted, the commission has the legal authority to bypass local inut when utility companies can provide "reasonable assurance' that the public health and safety will not be endangered.
In London, utility companies have worked together more than 600 times since the trials began, up from just 100 beforehand.
Lane rental can also incentivise utility companies to get the job done right first time because they can be compelled to redo poor work and be forced to pay the charge again.
Panaligan expressed optimism that once approved, the ordinance will protect the city residents from any unreasonable fees being charged to them by utility companies.
BFUS also includes effective tools for monitoring various functions, such as case management, to help utility companies improve their control and monitoring of key processes.
"We know utility companies need to carry out road works sometimes, but the charge should be for excess time."
The automaker is working with state governments, local municipalities, utility companies and several other outlets to create the necessary infrastructure to produce fully electric vehicles feasible in the United States.
BOSTON - Utility companies will face stiffer requirements to have emergency response plans under legislation approved by the Senate and House on Tuesday.

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