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HEP replacement?


During the long and I hope, continuing correspondence and articles on the UK's threatened energy shortfalls, I have been increasingly puzzled by the almost total lack of commitment or proposals on our hydroelectric potential (HEP).

We have shamefully neglected further developments of this energy source for far too long.

The power is totally clean, efficient and renewable and is available all day and every day. There are many untapped sources in Scotland, Wales and other hilly areas.

Norway, with a climate and terrain not dissimilar to our own northern highlands, has shown the way and exports a surplus of HEP. It was recently announced that a new HEP scheme in Scotland was being developed. It is long overdue and we need many more.

As well as the longer, more ambitious schemes, every hill farm in the country could have its own little reservoir, damn and generator producing a few kilowatts. Little and often will help to fill the gap.

MK Tucker (M rtd), research engineer, central government, 5 Colemore Road, Bournemouth, BH7 6RZ

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