base load

noun Chiefly British.
the constant or permanent load on a power supply.

1925–30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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base load
Compare peak load the more or less constant part of the total load on an electrical power-supply system

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Example sentences
Depending on where you are, large parts of the base load will come from nuclear
Wind and solar cannot replace base load generation because they are highly
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.
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