base·​load ˈbās-ˌlōd How to pronounce baseload (audio)
: the amount of power made available by an energy producer (such as a power plant) to meet fundamental demands by consumers
often used before another noun
baseload power
Wind and solar have the drag of unreliability. Unless attached to costly batteries they are useless for meeting baseload demand.Jonathan Fahey

Examples of baseload in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Given current technologies, the presumption that renewables can entirely replace coal’s baseload power is a fantasy. William F. Shughart Ii, Fortune, 17 Nov. 2023 Most experts agree that baseload power that can be turned on 24/7 is necessary moving forward. WIRED, 3 Aug. 2023 Only alternative bridge-energy solutions such as liquified natural gas (LNG), nuclear, and alternative suppliers such as Central Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa will help increase baseload production and enable Europe to survive the bad winter that is coming. Ariel Cohen, Forbes, 18 July 2022 In that scenario, with BECCS providing carbon-negative baseload power to complement solar, wind, hydropower and other renewable installations, overall emissions from the Western N.A. grid come in at -135 megatons of CO2 per year. IEEE Spectrum, 18 Feb. 2015 Energy storage would have to cost $10 to $20/kWh for a wind-solar mix with storage to be competitive with a nuclear power plant providing baseload electricity. IEEE Spectrum, 16 Sep. 2019 But what this bill does not do is anything to mandate or incentivize the construction of additional reserve baseload power generating capacity in the Texas market. David Blackmon, Forbes, 19 May 2021 The intermittency of growing renewable capacity also means that there is an increase in for balancing by a stable and dispatchable baseload such as coal or natural gas. Baker Institute, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Together with climate modeler James Hansen of Columbia University's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Socolow emphasized that only nuclear energy can provide baseload electricity as a substitute for fossil fuels. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of baseload was in 1907

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“Baseload.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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