On a recent visit to Drax, the biggest coal-fired power station in the UK, I was struck by the cluster of 12 wind turbines that have sprung up just beside the water-vapour belching cooling towers.
Picture by Press Association
The wind turbines do not belong to Drax – the company prefers to lower its emissions using biomass – but make a striking picture, situated so close to the coal plant.
The local people hate them.
You might have thought that people who have lived for decades with an enormous coal-burning power plant in their backyard would think nothing of a few little turning blades. No so. The wind developers faced a barrage of local opposition to their plans.
“You wouldn’t want those on your doorstep,” one local man said. “They’re an eyesore.”
Here’s the FT’s Lex on BHP Billiton’s $39bn offer for Canada’s PotashCorp:
A hostile bid in fertile territory, or fertile minds getting carried away? Industrially, BHP Billiton’s $39bn offer for Canada’s PotashCorp makes some sense. Demand for potash – used to improve crop yields – is robust, and PotashCorp is the largest producer, with more than a fifth of global mineral fertiliser capacity. The key word is “producer”.
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- “No more beating up on BP”: Mediator takes reins spill claims
- Whisky (biofuel) coming up!
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- OPEC’s spare capacity: Will it disappear by the end of 2011?
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