BT Gets Windy
The British operator has reversed the trend of utility firms expanding into telecom by announcing a £250 million (US$511 million) wind farm project to generate renewable energy. (See BT Unveils Wind Power Plans.)
So is this a new money-making scheme as well as a green project?
A BT spokesman says that, "as things stand, BT would consume all the electricity the wind farms would generate. This is primarily about securing our own source of renewable energy supply and not about selling any surplus."
BT is a major power consumer -- about 0.7 percent of the U.K.'s entire electricity output is used by the carrier -- and, as part of its ongoing campaign to reduce its carbon footprint and become a "greener" company, BT is keen to secure a dedicated source of renewable energy before demand outstrips potential supply.
But there's still an outside chance that BT would see this as a way to generate some extra revenue, too. When asked whether it was possible BT might sell on some of the power generated by the planned wind farms, he said BT "couldn't rule out the prospect of that ever happening."
BT isn't the only carrier that's been talking up its green credentials this week. (See Telstra Makes Green Claims.)
— Ray Le Maistre, Carbon Footprints Editor, Light Reading