rate base

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Rate base

The value of a regulated public utility and its operations as defined by its regulators and on which the company is allowed to earn a particular rate of return.

Rate Base

The value of the assets of a utility company. The rate base helps the local government determine the price the utility company is allowed to charge its customers. The rate base determines prices because it helps to ensure a reasonable profit for the utility company while keeping utilities (which are perceived as necessary) affordable for customers.

rate base

The valuation of a utility's assets for the purpose of determining the rates the utility is permitted to charge its customers. Exactly what a utility should be permitted to include in its rate base is often a point of contention between it and its customers.
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Continental Carrier Rate Bases: highly sophisticated rate bases that are developed for carriers to align competitive class rates with the carrier's business goals by providing the proper foundation for lane rates allowing optimization of rates in a manner that provides the highest revenue per lane.
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In addition, filed ABC Publisher Statements show that over the course of its history with the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC), PSM has exceeded and/or met its rate bases every year.
Our story is different to any of our competitors: we've beaten rate bases across the board for the second half of 2001 and we'll be delivering solid, market-leading guarantees for 2002.
In addition, based on filed ABC Publisher Statements, records show that over the course of their ABC histories, PC Gamer and PSM have exceeded and/or met their respective rate bases every year.
Since its launch in 1997, PSM has experienced four rate base increases.
PC Gamer has consistently surpassed its set rate bases since its launch in the summer of 1994.
PC Gamer, the market-leading magazine of PC gaming, revealed a record-breaking average rate base of 350,000 beginning with its July 1999 issue.
The decrease is primarily due to lower approved rates of return on common equity applicable to the regulated businesses, offset partially by higher rate bases.
The results for the first quarter of 1997 reflect continued growth in number of customers, customer usage of natural gas, service and rental revenues and an increase in Union Gas' common equity component of rate base from 29 percent to 34 percent.
The contribution to net income applicable to common shares from the Gas Distribution business was $135 million in 1996 compared with $101 million in 1995 due to overall customer growth, increased usage, higher rental revenues, higher rate bases and colder weather in all of the company's franchise areas in 1996 compared with 1995.
This is offset partially by higher earnings resulting from an increase in rate base in the Pipeline and Field Services Divisions and an increase in the ownership of Empire State Pipeline from 35 percent to 50 percent.