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Regarding district heating from power stations (Letters last week) - particularly in temperate climates such as the UK - what happens to all the surplus heat in summer time when dwellings etc need a lot less than in winter- And how long does the capital cost of putting power stations close to cities and all that pipework take to pay off?

Waste to energy makes more sense, not necessarily excluding district heating. Look at Tyseley in Birmingham.

J Gray

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