Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Water Power in Scotland

National Geographic has a nice feature on hydropower in Scotland, mostly developed in the 1940s and 1950s when very few residents of the highlands had electricity. The system includes 80 dams and 60 power stations but generates only about 10 percent of Scotland's power. Is that a small but meaningful triumph for renewable energy, or a huge assault on free-flowing rivers for a trivial return?

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