Base Load Capacity (Electric)

Base Load Capacity (Electric)

Power generation capacity used to serve an essentially constant level of customer demand. Baseload generating units typically operate whenever they are available, and they generally have a capacity factor that is above 60%. Base Load Capacity is often served by nuclear, coal or efficient combined cycle power plants.  [SourceThe Potential Benefits of Distributed Generation and Rate-Related Issues That May Impede Their Expansion, U.S. Department of Energy, February 2007, p.xiv.] « Back to Glossary Index