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Public Utilities, Second Edition

Old Problems, New Challenges David E. McNabb, Water and Wastewater District Commissioner and Professor Emeritus, Pacific Lutheran University, US
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.
Extent: 512 pp
Hardback Price: $175.00 Web: $157.50
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78536 552 2
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Paperback Price: $60.00 Web: $48.00
Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 978 1 78897 049 5
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Economic Regulation and Governance
  • Public Sector Economics
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Public Policy
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.

Beginning with a brief overview of the historical development of the industry, the author examines policy issues including the consequences of dealing with deteriorating infrastructure, an aging workforce, climate warming, funding for repair and replacement of facilities and the demands for meeting the needs of a growing population. In addition to reviewing issues related to various management tasks, he includes chapters on physical and cyber threats and management ethics, liberally laced with real-life examples of utilities’ dealings with these challenges. Many tables, figures and boxes expand on key points from the text.

Accessible and comprehensive, this thoughtful exploration of the various issues facing administrators and operators in public utilities in the new century will prove a useful overview for students of business and economics, utility staff and directors of local utility governing boards.
‘David McNabb’s Public Utilities book is an excellent and extremely valuable source for understanding the fundamental issues and problems of the rapidly evolving public utilities sector. It’s useful for academics, policymakers, and practitioners to gain insights into how to manage and cope with the numerous and unprecedented challenges facing the industry.’
– Chung-Shing Lee, Pacific Lutheran University, US
Contents: Part I Public Utilities: Old Problems 1. Public Utilities: Essential Services, Critical Infrastructure 2. Public Utility Policy Issues 3. Public Utility Regulatory Environment Part II Sectors of the Public Utility Industry 4. Electric Energy Utilities 5. Natural Gas Utilities 6. Water and Wastewater Utilities 7. Waste Collection and Disposal Utilities 8. Public Transit Utilities Part III Public Utility Function Challenges 9. Public Utility Finance 10. Public Utility Pricing and Rate Setting 11. Public Utility Marketing 12. Public Utility Information Systems Part IV Public Utility Management and Operations Challenges 13. Public Utility Governance 14. Public Utility Management 15. Public Utility Operations, Maintenance and Planning 16. Managing the Public Utility Workforce 17. Public Utility Management Ethics Part V Public Utilities: New Challenges 18. Public Utility Environmental Challenges 19. Public Utility Physical and Cybersecurity Challenges 20. Sustainability: The Core Challenge Facing Public Utilities Index