By Anton Lang ~ What is Base Load Power? For so long now, those two words have been used as just the one word, baseload, and that one word is now almost solely used to describe coal fired power pla…
As you can see here, on no day did that Base Load fall below 18000MW, and coal fired power supplied almost 80% (and above) of that total power on each of those days. At that same time, the total for wind power only reached 9.7% at its best as only a small part of that total absolute requirement.
Base Load Power is not a description for a power plant. It is an absolute power requirement to keep Australia actually operational. Take away that coal fired power, and Australia just shuts down.
Hydro is the only renewable power source which works at night … no sun no matter how many solar panels there are around the country, and less than ten percent of that minimum comes from wind, even though there are dozens of windmills scattered around Australia.