Though the City Council rejected privatization plans for the Philadelphia Gas Works last year, the future of the nation's largest municipally owned gas utility is back in play and a public-private partnership could be part of the vision.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced in March 2014 he had struck an agreement to sell the gas works operation to UIL Holdings Corp. for $1.86 billion, but the city council voted down the proposed sale in late October.

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