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Is a Transition to Renewable Energy on the Verge of Being Unstoppable?

February 1, 2018View for printing

What exactly is base load and what role does it play in the electricity grid?

A fair amount of confusion was recently created when Rick Perry, secretary of the Department of Energy, filed a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) that claimed the "base load" generation provided by coal and nuclear was essential for a reliable and resilient power grid.

Perry's proposal has been defeated, quite correctly in our view, but it raises issues and teaches lessons that are important in moving forward with the all too necessary transition to large-scale use of renewable energy.

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