Companies that provide natural gas, electric, water or telephone services to business and residential customers. Also included are companies that provide propane/home heating oil or other similar energy alternatives. In areas where power deregulation has occurred and unbundled service is available, customers can choose to purchase electricity and/or natural gas from a variety of competing sources while maintaining their current delivery arrangements. Choices are also available in local and long distance telephone service.
Programs that establish and enforce regulations that govern the rates and services of utility companies and/or provide information about utility deregulation.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.