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Fast, Dirty Natural Gas Plants Get Boost From Electric Cars

  • Open-cycle plants can start quickly and ease strain on grid
  • U.K. aims to sell only electric-powered cars by 2040
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Why Electric Cars Aren't Taking Over Yet

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Britain’s goodbye to fossil-fuel cars by 2040 could boost the need for dirtier natural gas-powered stations.

The government’s goal to replace gasoline and diesel cars with those powered by electricity could see the construction of so-called open-cycle gas stations, said Carsten Poppinga, senior vice president of trading and origination at Statkraft AS, the Norwegian utility that operates hydro power plants and wind farms across the U.K.