BT has announced plans to develop wind farms to generate 25% of its UK electricity requirements by 2016. The project will cost up to £250m and could generate a total of 250MW of electricity, enough to power a city the size of Coventry. BT is one of Britain's largest consumers of electricity with an annual requirement of 0.7% of the UK's consumption.
BT are identifying high wind-yield sites on or adjacent to BT-owned land for development, with 3 sites already in the planning permission process (Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station in Cornwall, Wideford Hill Radio Station in Orkney and Scousburgh Radio Station in Shetland). They hope to be generating up to 100MW by 2012 which would be equivalent to around 50 wind turbines.
"There is a pressing need for industry to cut carbon in ways that make business sense. BT has already achieved a 60 per cent reduction in its carbon emissions, and is committed to reducing them further to 80 per cent by 2016. Our wind energy plans play an important part in reaching that target.
Broadband technology is already cutting the need to travel, through home working and video conferencing. This makes sense for our shareholders, and also for our staff and customers who are looking to us to work in a more environmentally friendly way."Hanif Lalani (Finance Director), BT Group