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Wind farm firm voted 104 times in our poll

ENERGY giant E.ON UK, bidding to build the controversial wind farm on Denshaw Moor, has been caught red-handed after voting a staggering 104 times in our opinion poll.

The German firm, which boasts of being the ‘world’s largest investor-owned energy company’, has now issued an apology after we confronted it about its actions – which it admits were "inappropriate".

Two weeks ago we asked our readers ‘Do you want a wind farm to be built on Denshaw Moor?’.

We expected a huge response from Oldhamers but what we didn’t foresee was a mass campaign from E.ON UK staff.

On February 9 our IT team, monitoring the vote, noticed a huge surge in the ‘yes’ vote on our website.

On further investigation it was discovered 104 votes had been made in favour of the wind farm in the space of just 90 minutes and from a single source.

We discovered this suspicious source was the Nottingham base of the UK arm of E.ON – Powergen.

When we informed Powergen, a spokesman admitted: "Members of the Renewables Team wanted to show their support for the project but picked an inappropriate way to do it. This was definitely an unapproved action. Once we discovered what was happening they were told to stop. Obviously we would like to apologise for what has happened."

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The German firm, which boasts of being the ‘world’s largest investor-owned energy company’, has now issued an apology after we confronted it about its actions – which it admits were "inappropriate".

Two weeks ago we asked our readers ‘Do you want a wind farm to be built on Denshaw Moor?’.

We expected a huge response from Oldhamers but what we didn’t foresee was a mass campaign from E.ON UK staff.

On February 9 our IT team, monitoring the vote, noticed a huge surge in the ‘yes’ vote on our website.

On further investigation it was discovered 104 votes had been made in favour of the wind farm in the space of just 90 minutes and from a single source.

We discovered this suspicious source was the Nottingham base of the UK arm of E.ON – Powergen.

When we informed Powergen, a spokesman admitted: "Members of the Renewables Team wanted to show their support for the project but picked an inappropriate way to do it. This was definitely an unapproved action. Once we discovered what was happening they were told to stop. Obviously we would like to apologise for what has happened."

E.ON UK has ironically just announced a four-year deal to sponsor the FA Cup – renowned for its giant killings and sense of fair play.

On its website the firm boasts "We act honestly, ethically and legally in everything we do. We honor our commitments and take personal responsibility for our actions". It adds that the firm treats everyone with "fairness and dignity" and says E.ON "are trustworthy in all that we do".

Wind farm protesters, celebrating a 57 per cent success in our poll, slammed the firm. Saddleworth Moors Action Group is the primary group fighting the application. Chairman Alan Roughley said: "Bearing in mind the difficulties of such a poll we are obviously pleased that the majority of people who took the trouble to take part are against this wind farm application.

"The fact that Powergen have acted in this way during the vote just demonstrates that developers are in it only for the money and have little concern for the environment and the effect their industrial sites have on the Green Belt."

Advertiser editor David Lafferty said: "The reason we ran the poll was to give the public of Oldham a chance to have their say. What we didn’t expect was one of the biggest companies in the world to vote in such a way."

The special planning meeting to decide on the future of the wind farm scheme is being held this evening (Thursday) at 6pm in the Council Chamber of the Civic Centre.

Source: http://www.oldhamadvertiser...

FEB 22 2006
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