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Europe Turns to Gas Even More to Keep the Lights On as Cuts Loom

  • Natural gas replaced nuclear as top source of power in July
  • Rystad data highlights difficulty in using alternatives to gas
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Europe Prepares for Winter Natural Gas Shortage

Natural gas overtook nuclear as the biggest source of power in Europe last month, highlighting the challenge of replacing the fuel ahead of winter when supply will get more scarce. 

Nuclear power lost the top spot for the first time in two years, mainly due to French reactors being hobbled by extended outages, according to data from Rystad Energy AS. At the same time, the continent has faced low wind power and hydro output has been restricted by heat and drought.