The RWE Group is one of Europe’s leading electricity and gas companies, and Germany’s second largest electricity producer after E.On. In 2006 its 69,000-strong workforce generated some 44 billion Euros in revenue. The Company operates mainly in Germany, the UK and Central Eastern Europe, where it has around 20 million electricity customers and 10 million gas customers.
October 26-29, 2009: Twenty arrested at Didcot A Power Station
On October 26, 2009, nine climate change protesters climbed the chimney, and eleven chained themselves to the coal delivery conveyors; the latter group were cut free by police after five hours, but the former waited until October 28 before coming down again — all twenty were arrested, and power supplies continued uninterrupted. The power station was installing improved security fencing at the time. The action was intended to draw attention to the plans of RWE Group to build as many as 30 new coal-fired power stations across Europe, including two in Britain. The group took over a room at the power station and pitched tents on top of a chimney tents. Two specialist climbers entered the chimney flues, intending to remain for a week in order to prevent the plant from restarting; however, after encountering hot conditions, they were unable to stay. At 4 a.m. on October 29, the group voluntarily came down from the chimney and were arrested. The group had met at Climate Camp in London.
November 2, 2006: Greenpeace protest
On the morning of Thursday 2 November 2006, 30 Greenpeace volunteers invaded the power station. One group chained themselves to a broken coal-carrying conveyor belt. A second group scaled the 200 metre high chimney, and set up a 'climate camp'. They proceeded to paint "Blair's Legacy" on the side of the chimney overlooking the town. Greenpeace claims Didcot Power Station is the second most polluting in Britain after Drax in Yorkshire, whilst Friends of the Earth describe it as the ninth worst in the UK.
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- David Adam, "Didcot power station protest ends with arrests," The Guardian, October 28, 2009
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- "Carbon Dinosaurs". Friends of the Earth. Archived from the original on 2004-10-19.