Baseload Generation

The Other Problem with Nuclear Power

I got into renewable energy in the 1970’s, partially in response to the prospect of an expansion of nuclear power.  I was videotaped by CBS News at Seabrook asking people to hire me to chop wood for them rather than support nuclear power.  Then Three Mile Island happened and for 3 decades it looked like the nuclear power industry was dead.  We got complacent and worried more about peak oil and climate change.  […]

Hybrid Renewable Power Systems in the Utility Planning Paradigm

Utility systems have always been hybrid power systems. The traditional hybrid mix was a combination of baseload and peaking plants. The primary utility business model was investing in capital-intensive systems to provide reliable power. On the generation side of their business, baseload generation systems like coal and nuclear had the lowest operating costs and the highest capital costs. Since the traditional regulatory structure allowed them to earn a return on capital but not […]