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Spain Burns More Gas While Power From a Cleaner Source Plummets

  • Gas demand for power generation more than doubled in July
  • Production based on more polluting technologies increased
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A quirk in Spain’s rules to cap the price of gas used to make electricity is having an undesired impact by pushing a cleaner, more efficient type of generation technology to the sidelines.

Demand for gas to generate power jumped 126% in July compared with the same month of a year earlier, according to network operator Enagas SA. At the same time, the country’s use of a less-polluting energy technology called CHP tumbled.