UTILITIES: Private-Power Victory

In the Pacific Northwest, where public power has taken over 65% of the market in the past 20 years, private power seemed finished President Frank McLaughlin of Puget Sound Power & Light Co. Washington's biggest private utility, finally threw in the towel last year after fighting a long, rearguard action against the Public Utility Districts. "Fighting them," said he, "is like trying to live in a house while the workmen are tearing it down."

But President Kinsey Robinson of Washington Water Power, Washington's second-biggest private utility, refused to give in. First he turned to American Power & Light, which owned...

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