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Fri Jun 30, 2017, 12:30 PM

New Brattle study touts flexible grid, dismisses 'baseload' hype

New Brattle study touts flexible grid, dismisses 'baseload' hype

Robert Walton
June 27, 2017

Dive Brief:

A report prepared by the Brattle Group for the Natural Resources Defense Council outlines the myriad reasons some coal and nuclear plants are considering retirement and cautions against focusing on the plants' so-called "baseload" attributes.
Instead, Brattle's report suggests system planners focus on developing a framework that accurately defines and measures system needs and consider a wider range of resources to power the grid.

The new report is one of several released recently addressing the United States' grid operation, energy markets and power mix. They come ahead of a highly-anticipated study the U.S. Department of Energy is developing, addressing whether clean energy policies threatening reliability by forcing coal and nuclear plants offline.

Dive Insight:

While Brattle's report has suggestions for policymakers and extensive explanations of why older plants are struggling, the report's real mission is one of diction.

"Overall, this report explains that the use of the term 'baseload' generation is no longer helpful for purposes of planning and operating today’s electricity system," the authors wrote. "As some of the coal and nuclear plants face retirement decisions, focusing on their status as 'baseload' generation is not a useful perspective for ensuring the cost-effective and reliable supply of electricity."

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more at: http://www.utilitydive.com/news/new-brattle-study-touts-flexible-grid-dismisses-baseload-hype/445880/

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Response to kristopher (Original post)

Fri Jun 30, 2017, 12:38 PM

1. Brattle is a bit mercenary

I love the environment and hate what GOP is doing to it to enrich the wealthy.

But be a bit careful here. Brattle is a mercenary consulting firm who will write nearly anything for money.

Baseload does have some value. Smart grids might be able to rebalance, but the bigger environmental issue is flexibility.

Flexibility to turn on or off with demand has value.
If your peak demand happens when it's cloudy, you need to meet demand from some other generation capacity.
Storage is potentially the answer.

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Response to american_ideals (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 30, 2017, 12:47 PM

2. I don't understand the point of your remarks

To me, the sentences don't connect in a coherent manner. Perhaps you would be willing to help me link them to the OP?

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