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Thursday31 July 2014

ODA scraps main Olympic wind turbine

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The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has abandoned plans to install a 130m-high wind turbine on the Olympic park site in Stratford, east London, citing “limited commercial interest” in the project.

The turbine, planned for the Eton Manor site in the north of the Olympic park, was part of the ODA’s strategy to deliver 20% of the energy required to run the park using renewable sources.

“We have carried out an exhaustive process with the industry and suppliers over the last two years to find a viable way of delivering a wind turbine on the Olympic Park site. However, the industry environment has changed and that means the project is no longer feasible,” said ODA chief executive David Higgins.

“We have a strong track record in sustainability and we remain committed to meeting the challenging renewable energy targets we have set ourselves. Our focus is now on researching a number of alternative renewable energy options across the Olympic Park site to help contribute to these targets and compliment the other state-of-the art new energy infrastructure we are building.”

The ODA has repeatedly come under fire for “green washing” by planning turbines that will generate so little energy for the site that they are nominally decorative.

As BD revealed, a mini-wind farm, which will be created by attaching turbines to lighting columns at a reported cost of £140,000, was last month branded “tokenistic” and a waste of money after an environmental impact assessment by Atkins found that it would produce just 0.28% of the park’s energy requirements.

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