‘Sheer bloody mindedness’ to completely exorcise gas generation

Completely exorcising gas generation from the energy system as part of the drive for net zero emissions would be an act of “sheer bloody mindedness,” an industry analyst has argued. Tom Smout, a senior associate at Aurora Energy Research, said fulfilling Britain’s entire requirement for firm backup capacity using zero-carbon technologies would be unnecessarily expensive given the very limited numbers of hours some of it would need to run.

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