base·​load | \ ˈbās-ˌlōd How to pronounce baseload (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web As a result, ERCOT data shows virtually no real baseload capacity has come online during the past 12 months. David Blackmon, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Natural gas can provide residential heating and serves as baseload in countries like the US. Baker Institute, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 To overcome this problem, traditional baseload resources need to be replaced by adequate amounts of flexible, firm dispatchable capacity, and renewables. David Blackmon, Forbes, 23 Oct. 2021 German baseload power prices for January rose more than 7%. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, 8 Dec. 2021 Egypt’s long-term energy strategy boils down to a gradual buildup of renewables while natural gas continues to provide the baseload of the country’s energy mix. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, 9 Nov. 2021 The problem with that argument is that the open-market system has miserably failed to send the price signals necessary to encourage the building of new baseload generating capacity for well over a decade now. David Blackmon, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 As the energy sector needs a secure, carbon-free baseload which is not weather-dependent, like solar and wind, nuclear renaissance is absolutely needed. Ariel Cohen, Forbes, 10 May 2021 Many stakeholders, utility officials and industry leaders warned that losing baseload sources like coal would increase the probability of brownouts and blackouts if demand increased, a likely occurrence in the next ten years. James Conca, Forbes, 15 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of baseload

1907, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for baseload

base entry 1 + load entry 1

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2 Jun 2022

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“Baseload.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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