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Fast, dirty natural gas plants get boost from electric cars

The UK government aims to phase out fossil-fuel cars by 2040, and this endeavor could incite the construction of so-called open-cycle gas stations. The problem is that these stations do not recycle waste heat.

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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 UK.

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