The myth of baseload power in Australia - A look at Today The Future
- Dec 19, 2018 5:44 pm GMT
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Baseload power is a term frequently thrown about in energy discussions but what does it mean and is it really needed?
With the global boom in generation from wind and solar, the argument says there is a need for baseload to keep running in the background to meet demand when the wind stops blowing and the sun goes down.
But is that really the case? For this discussion I’ll focus on Australia.
The origins of baseload
Baseload power is the minimum level of demand on the grid over a period of time. It has traditionally occurred around 4am.
When the Australian grid was expanded in the 1950s–1970s, the leading option was coal as it offered cheap power and was reliable. There were fewer concerns about emissions or global warming back then.
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