Earlier this week EDF (that big Olympic sponsor, and green flag waver……. 🙂 ) announced (it appears), through the Evening Standard, that they’ve decided to walk away from a Wind turbine project to power the Olympic games in 2012.
To most people that may have been interesting but not such a big deal. To anybody close to this issue it’s something altogether different.
The article runs under the headline:
Energy firm EDF abandons 2012 Olympics turbine due to ‘lack of wind’
The article doesn’t quote EDF directly but it confidently says:
“French-owned EDF Energy are not bidding to run the 393ft-tall turbine on the Games site as they were concerned about a lack of wind.
The company, London’s largest electricity supplier, said it would not be able to sell enough wind energy from the 2012 Olympic site into the national grid in future years to justify the turbine’s £2 million start-up costs.
This is an Olympic sized ‘Pork Pie’.
EDF actually failed to win the tender to build a Wind Turbine to power the Olympic games (London 2012) – about one whole year ago…!
Why on earth would they claim now that they’ve decided to walk away – from a project that had walked away from them a whole year ago?
Best guess is that EDF got wind (no pun intended, honestly) that an announcement on this project is imminent, and it looked a bit embarrassing for them. London’s largest energy supplier, big games sponsor, (and as we know a very green company… 🙂 ) can’t win a single turbine contract to power the Games, on their home turf… Yep I can see how that might look.
To me, this story (in the ES) is damage limitation, a cynical attempt to get ‘a version’ out first – only trouble is this ‘version’ is fake, it’s a lie.
Did EDF plant this story or did the Evening Standard forget ‘journalistic standards’ (like having a credible source…) in their rush for a story. I know where my money goes…
It’s a bit worrying though when the company that owns the UK’s nuclear industry appears to play so fast and loose with the truth. It’s not like the nuclear industry has a big reputation for honesty (on safety issues) already.
Olympic Pork Pies are one thing, but……