From among the indicated industries, the following companies seem to stand out as having good prospects presently:
Berkshire Hathaway (BRK/A and BRK/B) is a well run conglomerate, with low debt and substantial cash reserves, that is now heavily into the overall utilities sector and seeking still greater such involvement.
General Electric (GE) is another well run conglomerate, with excellent growth prospects, that has significant involvement in nuclear plant construction, healthcare, and energy. It is among the highest rated by Value Line for financial strength and has a healthy (2.8%) dividend.
SJW Corp. (SJW), Connecticut Water Service, Inc. (CTWS), and American States Water Co. (AWR) are water companies that, in spite of the run-up in price for water utilities in recent years, still seem to offer good value. All provide above average dividends as well.
Cameco Corp. (CCJ) is the world's largest uranium company and has low debt. Although its price to earnings multiple is very high currently, it appears likely to be producing much more over the coming years. If interested in this area, but worried the price may drop, one might buy equal dollar amounts of CCJ each year, thus likely assuring a lower average price per share in a fluctuating market. Some suggest significantly increased prices for CCJ in the next year or so.
Burlington Northern Sante Fe (BNI) has a healthy dividend, a good historical dividend record, and extra profits recently from the transport of higher volumes of coal. It is expected to have healthy profit margins for the foreseeable future, particularly because China is buying large amounts of coal and other materials needed for its exploding industry.
BP plc, ADR (BP) and Chevron (CVX) are both well run, low P/E, high dividend, low debt companies involved in oil and natural gas production. CVX also has some coal mining operations.
Entergy (ETR) and Exelon (EXC) are natural gas and electric utility companies with reasonable P/Es and healthy dividends. Entergy operates five nuclear plants too.
Rio Tinto plc, ADR (RTP) is a reasonably priced, dividend paying gold producer.
BHP Billiton Ltd., ADR (BHP) produces silver, oil, natural gas, and titanium. The company's shares appear reasonably priced and offer a dividend.