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base load

noun, Chiefly British
the constant or permanent load on a power supply.
Origin of base load
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for base load
  • Depending on where you are, large parts of the base load will come from nuclear power.
  • Wind and solar cannot replace base load generation because they are highly variable.
  • Power stations will be forced to close without base load replacement generating capacity being constructed.
  • Electric utilities can buy coal futures to hedge against rising prices for their base load fuel.
  • base load generation means those plants that are designed to be operated twenty four hours per day, seven days per week.
  • base load refers to demand that occurs continuously, day and night, seven days a week.
  • With its nearly constant output it is well suited for base load.
British Dictionary definitions for base load

base load

the more or less constant part of the total load on an electrical power-supply system Compare peak load
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