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High hopes


Surely it is cheaper and better to build wind turbines in cities?

This will reduce transmission losses and future maintenance costs, both from the point of view of access and corrosion at sea.

The 22m clearance stated in your article 'The winds of change' (NCE 11 January), would surely be enough to create a turbine minimising friction factors associated with adjoining low vegetation or housing.

The masts could form ideal shafts for lifts if built as part of tall building projects.

The move could also enhance the built environment and reduce despoliation in the countryside.

Ian Greenwood, 67 Trafalgar Rd, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8BL

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