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In a rare eclipse, gas will see its future as solar's backup

The first total solar eclipse visible in most of the US since 1979 will force solar operators from Oregon to South Carolina to cede market shares to fast-start natural gas generators as well as hydroelectric plants and other sources to fill the gaps as the sky darkens.

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Natural gas is about to get a glimpse of its future role in the US power mix as solar energy's backup.

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