Power Struggle – Wind Energy is finally taking off – but…

In its heyday in the 1950s and ’60s, the Ford plant at Dagenham ý on the marshlands of the Thames at the very eastern end of London ý employed up to 40,000 people and churned out 300,000 automobiles a year. But in 2002, Ford mostly pulled the plug on its carmaking facilities. Now the green marshes ý encouraged by a Ford-supported nature reserve ý are beginning to reconquer the concrete. Later this month, what’s left of the 125-hectare plant will become even greener: the company’s new diesel engine facility will be powered entirely by two 85-m-tall wind turbines. It will be the first time that a functioning wind farm has been used inside London…
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