28 Jun '17, 4pm

Study: It's time to move beyond the "baseload" mentality for the U.S. #grid

The nation’s electricity grid operators are increasingly turning to more flexible resources and low-cost renewable energy options like wind and solar, rendering outdated the notion that “baseload” generating plants are required to reliably power America’s homes and businesses, according to a new report by the global economics consulting firm The Brattle Group, commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The Brattle analysis was published in advance of an upcoming release of a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grid study report. In April, Energy Secretary Rick Perry ordered an assessment of whether wind and solar energy are undermining power markets and grid reliability by supplanting “baseload” coal and nuclear generating plants, declaring that “baseload power is necessary to a well-functioning electric grid.” NRDC says the Brattle analysis demonstrates tha...

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