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Powerful arguments on energy

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GREEN energy is not new. Man has been using falling or fast-moving water as a source of power for generations. And why not?

It is usually free, clean and in abundance on the West Coast. Although our forebears harnessed it 2,000 years ago to turn wheels for grinding wheat and barley into flour, it wasn’t until the 1800s that the first hydro-electric schemes were built. The English National Trust claims that Cragside, a property it owns near Rothbury in Northumberland, was the first building in the world to be lit by hydro-electric power. I believe Braemore in Ross-shire, built in 1867 by Sir John Fowler, who engineered the Forth Railway Bridge, has a better claim.

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