Several recent papers have questioned traditional notions regarding baseload power requirements for the electric grid.  For example, the Natural Resources Defense Council released a report prepared by the Brattle Group. The NRDC says that, “baseload is an outdated term” as it “does not refer to any electricity system values or services, and it is not equivalent to reliability.”

According to Penn State, “Base load power sources are the plants that operate continuously to meet the minimum level of power demand 24/7.”

So why all the fuss over this generally accepted fact?

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