U.K. waters down gas-fired power ban

The U.K. government has given itself leeway for a policy U-turn over gas-fired power generation, following a ban imposed late in November 1997 on new schemes. Following pressure from U.K. coal producers, John Battle, minister for science, energy, and industry, imposed a moratorium on approval of plans to build new gas-fired power stations. Battle said the coal industry had complained to the European Commission that long-term take-or-pay gas contracts "may have forced generators to use gas in

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