RATE BASE Definition

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RATE BASE is 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.

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BUSINESS SEGMENT is a component of an enterprise that (a) provides a single product or service or a group of related products and services and (b) that is subject to risks and returns that are different from those of other business segments.

INCOME SMOOTHING refers to measures taken to reduce the probability of income shocks before they occur, and includes strategies like diversifying income sources; making low-risk production and employment choices; building up physical, human, and social assets; and ensuring good financial management.

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