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Consumers urged to switch utilities company
Campaigners who are being sued by energy giant EDF have set up a new website to encourage people to switch to alternative energy providers.
Several members of the campaign group No Dash for Gas, are facing civil action from EDF after they occupied a gas-fired power plant in West Burton last year.
According to the Guardian, the campaigners are being pursued for damages in excess of £5m for costs incurred by their action, including staff and labour costs, delays to the completion of the station, specialist security and lost carbon emission credits.
Campaigners have now created the EDF*off website which encourages readers to switch to small, green energy providers in solidarity with those being sued.
The site claims the civil action is an attempt to stifle protest: "The civil lawsuit represents just 10 hours' profit for EDF, yet could result in protesters losing their homes and being saddled with lifelong debts," it claims. "It's a tactic to deter more people from taking urgently needed action on climate change."
The May/June 2013 issue of Ethical Consumer will feature a product guide to green energy tariffs.