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Gas Power Rules in Boost to U.K. Efforts to Cut Emissions: Chart

Energy company executives regularly tout natural gas as a “bridge fuel” to a zero-emissions future as power plants burning the fuel produce half the greenhouse gases of coal and can quickly be started and stopped to supplement intermittent renewable generation. The fuel now regularly accounts for more than half of electricity generation for the first time since 2011 after a glut of gas pushes down U.K. prices to their lowest in about six years and utilities closed coal plants.

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