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U.K. Can Shut Most Gas Plants and Keep Lights On, Study Shows

  • Renewable generation needs to grow to 50% by 2030, report says
  • Gas, interconnectors and demand response will provide backup
An employee climbs a staircase at a gas fired power station on the Isle of Grain, U.K.

An employee climbs a staircase at a gas fired power station on the Isle of Grain, U.K.

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Power plant developers in Britain are overestimating the need for natural gas-fired generation to back up intermittent renewable energy.

The nation needs only 38 percent of the gas capacity it has now to keep the power on, according to a report by New Resource Partners, a consultancy that advises governments and investors on renewables.