East Mendip Green Party pays residents to switch off nuclear energy giant EDF

By Chew Valley Gazette in Environment

The East Mendip Green Party (EMGP) have launched their ’Switch EDF off’ campaign which will pay people to switch from EDF to renewable energy suppliers.  

For the first time in the UK customers will get a cash payment to switch their energy accounts away from EDF and nuclear in favour of green energy.

This campaign driven by the decision to go ahead with Hinkley by EDF and the Conservative government and is part of EMGP’s ongoing opposition to the Hinkley nuclear power plant and support for renewable energy.  EMGP is concerned that in spite of current safety problems with the EPR design, security concerns over the Chinese partners, an ongoing EU subsidy court case,  a decision has been made based on placatory politics rather than economic sense.

Via SwitchEDFoff.org.uk website anyone with EDF (or other nuclear energy providers) will get £20 per fuel to switch to either Good Energy or Ecotricity who supply and support green energy, so those who switch both their gas and electricity from nuclear to renewable will receive £40.

“It pays to go green”, say EMGP.

EMGP hope that this should dent EDF’s 14% UK market share as for every 1000 people who switch, EDF will lose around £1m per year from their already shaky finances and hopefully persuade them to see economic sense over Hinkley.

Cllr Shane Collins, leader of the Green Party group on Mendip District Council and initiator of Switch EDF Off said “EDF have a E38b debt, and since Hinkley was agreed their credit rating has dropped, they own 58 ageing nuclear reactors in France, 20 of which are currently offline. And along with their Hinkley partners, Chinese General Nuclear Corp, who also make nuclear weapons for the Chinese Army (2), constitute two of the most unsuitable partners to be subsidising at twice the current price of electricity for 35 years.

“This seems to be more about placatory politics than economic sense. The plain fact is nuclear is more expensive than renewables and we still don’t know what to do with the radioactive waste for the next 150,000 years. 

“We vote for future energy provision with our money every month, lets make sure it’s cheaper and green.”

To find out more visit SwitchEDFoff.org.uk

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