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Last Updated: Wednesday February 16 2005 14:01 GMT

Water power (hydro electricity)

  • Water is used to drive turbines to produce electricity
  • Underused in this country
  • Generates 20% of the world's power
  • But only 2% of UK's electricity
  • Almost 200 hydro electric plants in UK - most in Scotland
  • Campaigners say hydro electricity is greener because water can be stored behind dams and used to create electricity when needed most.

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