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Electrical utilities are organizations that are responsible for generating and marketing electricity to the public and government sectors. Because of the strategic importance of electricity to society and the economy and the fact that many geographically remote areas would not be profitable to supply, many electrical utilities are publicly owned. State-owned agencies have in some countries superceded private sector projects that were the first to be constructed, although in some cases the two sectors may share the burden of providing power. In some places, comparatively small, not-for-profit utilities can also exist to supplement the larger power grid and help in protecting the interests of rural households and communities. However, over the last few decades, many governments have been experimenting with different forms of privatization and ...

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