Could nuclear play well with renewables?

Jesse Jenkins over at The Energy Collective muses on the possibility of nuclear power playing well with renewable energy on the grid. The common wisdom has always been that a hybrid grid built around the two technologies wouldn’t play well together. And in Europe you have two very distinct strategies geared at eliminating greenhouse gas emissions. On the one hand, you have Germany’s ambitious renewable energy strategy that it’s combined with a winding down of its nuclear energy production. On the other hand France has focused on nuclear as its energy solution.
Jenkins writes:

If we want to increase renewable penetration beyond these levels and drive truly deep decarbonization of the power system, we therefore need massive amounts of new system flexibility to match demand with varying renewable energy output.
We’d need electric batteries and thermal energy storage to shift output to when its needed, dynamic load shifting and demand response to align demand with output, and ‘energy sinks’ to make productive use of excess output.
But here’s the kicker: if we have the massive amounts of storage and flexibility needed to achieve an ultra-low carbon electricity system dominated by variable renewables, we also have the storage and flexibility needed to make a hybrid nuclear-renewable power system feasible as well.
With that kind of system flexibility, we could store energy and shift loads to avoid having to cycle off and on nuclear plants and limit their ramping only to when it’s the most economical way to provide system flexibility.

One of the points here is that cycling nuclear up and down is possible but more difficult than natural gas peaking plants. If energy storage were flexible, reliable and most importantly cost competitive then of course, you have an additional tool for storing excess nuclear power in addition to excess renewable power. This would  require an increasingly networked grid that could easily tap and distribute stored power.
Even countries like Germany are dealing with the reality that they still need to get a percentage of their base load power from fossil fuels like natural gas. I don’t think Germany’s going to return to nuclear anytime soon but the principle remains that at the current state of technology, grids need some other stable form of power generation aside from renewables. There’s reason to believe nuclear couldn’t provide that base load, presuming one is comfortable with the other risks associated with nuclear power.