Baseload


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Baseload

The minimum amount of power an electrical or other utility company must put out in a 24-hour time period to meet estimated demand from its customers. Many companies designate baseload power plants to put out only the baseload because it is less expensive and often safer. These companies also maintain other plants to provide for higher demand as it arises.
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With this PSA, Meralco secures competitively priced baseload electricity since San Gabriel's all-in tariff at an 80 percent capacity factor is P3.
FERC) allow utilities to recover the reliability value of competing baseload plants, the government would be (gasp
What we are going to have to see is the Government develop a system whereby it can secure this new gas baseload capacity, and to do this it will have to provide additional subsidies of around PS40 per MWh.
From 1-megawatt distributed power to 300-megawatt baseload power, GE technology helps meet the power needs of people everywhere in the world," said Steve Bolze, GE Power & Water CEO and president.
Thus, gas plants have been higher on the economic dispatch curve, typically running "on the margin"--in other words, only when demand for electricity has exceeded the capacity of the region's nuclear and coal-fired baseload plants.
That plant has nameplate capacity of 83 MW and is used for baseload generation.
Wind and solar, desirable as they are, aren't part of the baseload because they are intermittent--productive only when the wind blows or the sun shines.
Baseload back-up is essential if we are to avoid future blackouts and relying on high C02 emitting coal or gas fired power stations for baseload is no longer acceptable.
Idaho Power has selected a new natural gas-fired combined-cycle combustion turbine (CCCT) generation facility, the Langley Gulch Power Plant, from the request for proposals (RFP) issued April 2008 for a baseload resource.
Figure 1 shows the projected trends in space power requirements for both baseload (station keeping power) and for burst-mode "special application" loads.
The Dynegy Midwest Generation, LLC portfolio consists of approximately 3,132 megawatts of primarily coal-fired baseload power plants.
Cusi expounded that the system of auction shall delve with having categorized offers for baseload, mid-merit and peaking requirements of the DUs - and such shall stir up competition among generation companies of different technologies.