Watching the World: Clutching at straws

02/11/2002
The UK's oil minister is also responsible for other energy sources and is rather proud that he has just inaugurated the world's largest straw-fired power station, a 36 Mw, $100 million dollar project in rural eastern England (OGJ, Oct. 22, 2001, p. 20).The area is also home to a large wind-driven power plant and a 38 Mw plant that produces electricity from 700,000 tons/year of chicken litter.The same county is home to Britain's most productive nuclear power station; on the nearby coast is one of the biggest North Sea gas terminals at Bacton, and the main national gas grid runs through the area.That is all very well for local consumers, you may think. It would be, except that t...
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