British Telecom will not become wind farmers

British Telecom has indicated that it will not be spending £250 million on a wind farms. The idea was that by building a series of UK wind farms it could generate about 25% of its own electricity usage, making it that bit more “green” as a telecommunications company. The reason for its decision not to invest wind in wind farms is a little complex, but it is worth examining in detail.

There are not many UK incentives for green energy and of those that exist; those for generation of electricity are the most generous by far. It has always been hard to understand why we should have a “green electricity” policy instead of a “green energy” policy, because electrical energy is almost impossible to store in an environmentally friendly way, whereas heat energy is very easy to store in an environmentally friendly way. Continue reading