base·​load | \ ˈbās-ˌlōd \

Definition of baseload

: 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 powerWind and solar have the drag of unreliability. Unless attached to costly batteries they are useless for meeting baseload demand.— Jonathan Fahey

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So renewable power is superfluous to power companies, but its cost reduces their ability to finance baseload power plants. George Melloan, WSJ, "Pruitt Leaves a Proud Legacy at the EPA," 11 July 2018 So when growing numbers of baseload facilities retire, that could hypothetically threaten grid reliability. Basav Sen, Fortune, "Trump Thinks Propping Up Failing Coal Is a ‘National Security’ Emergency," 31 May 2018 But Alison Silverstein, an energy consultant who helped draft a recent Energy Department study on grid reliability, countered that many coal plant today are simply expensive to operate for baseload power. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Coal allies call on Trump administration to use emergency powers to boost business," 14 May 2018 More ways to fatten or flatten the duck: flexibility, EVs, and demand shifting What about reducing inflexible baseload capacity [coal and nuclear plants] to make more room for renewables? David Roberts, Vox, "Solar power’s greatest challenge was discovered 10 years ago. It looks like a duck.," 31 Mar. 2018 This is known as baseload cycling, and its cost ranges from $2 to $23 per megawatt-hour. Randy Simmons, Newsweek, "What’s the True Cost of Wind Power?," 11 Apr. 2015 Yet in 2016, according to a Western Interstate Energy Board analysis, only a small handful of plants spent more than half the year in baseload operation. Jonathan Thompson, New Republic, "Trump Is Big Coal’s Last Gasp," 21 Sep. 2017 Those plants, often referred to as baseload, have been the country’s primary source of power for decades, raising questions about how reliably the nation’s grid would function if those plants shrink to become only a minor source of power. Timothy Puko, WSJ, "Energy Department Urges Pricing Shift That Could Bolster Coal, Nuclear," 29 Sep. 2017 The very nature of baseload energy is a topic that's debated within the energy industry. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Energy Secretary proposes rule to make grid managers favor coal, nuclear," 30 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of baseload

1907, in the meaning defined above

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