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Samuel Insull: Architect and Prime Mover of the Electric Utility Business in the United States

Jeremiah D. Lambert

in The Power Brokers: The Struggle to Shape and Control the Electric Power Industry

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780262029506
eISBN:
9780262330985
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262029506.003.0001
Subject:
Business and Management, Business History

Using the career of Samuel Insull as a template, this chapter describes the origins and development of the electric power business in the United States from the 1890’s to the early 1930’s. During ... More


The Adoption of State Commission Rate Regulation

John L. Neufeld

in Selling Power: Economics, Policy, and Electric Utilities Before 1940

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226399638
eISBN:
9780226399775
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226399775.003.0004
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

Electric utilities (as other municipal utilities) were originally subject to the policies of the city government where they were located because of their need to obtain a franchise to use the public ... More


Public Utility Holding Companies: Opportunity and Crisis

John L. Neufeld

in Selling Power: Economics, Policy, and Electric Utilities Before 1940

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226399638
eISBN:
9780226399775
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226399775.003.0006
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

Public utility holding companies existed early in the industry’s history. By 1929, they controlled over 80 percent of the nation’s electricity generation, and that control was becoming concentrated ... More


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