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Tide

A rising tide?

“A remote town hopes to become a clean-energy hub”

“There’s a chance for us to become the centre of a global industry,” says Calum Davidson, a director of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, an economic-development agency. Three big British utilities (ScottishPower, Scottish and Southern Energy, and E.ON UK), along with some smaller firms, have bought licences from the Crown Estate, a government agency, letting them develop 1.6 gigawatts of electricity-generating capacity by 2020 from the waves and tides in the Pentland Firth and off Orkney—projects that are expected to cost about £6 billion ($9.8 billion).

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