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Public Utilities, Second Edition

Old Problems, New Challenges

David E. McNabb

A thoroughly updated introduction to the current issues and challenges facing managers and administrators in the investor and publicly owned utility industry, this engaging volume addresses management concerns in five sectors of the utility industry: electric power, natural gas, water, wastewater systems and public transit.
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Chapter 18: Public utility environmental challenges

David E. McNabb


Utilities’ environmental challenges result from operations and processes that have negative effects on the sustainability of the environmental quality and well-being of the organisms living in it. Utility operators and managers must know how to deal with environmental problems; they have been required to do so since the 1970s and even earlier. Environmental regulations are challenges associated with preserving the health, safety and employment of workers as well as customers and the public in general. Sustainable operations under the existing period of climate change are a challenge. Maintaining sustainable delivery of services in the face of population growth and demographic changes is a challenge. This chapter reviews how utilities are developing the means and willpower to survive and thrive in the face of a host of challenges based in our natural environment.

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