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Two arrested in energy blockade

Two people have been arrested after environmental protesters blockaded the Nottingham offices of an energy firm.

The protesters from Eastside Climate Action demonstrated outside E.ON's Mount Street offices over its continued use of fossil fuels to generate power.

About 30 activists targeted the offices from 0730 BST. Police said two people had been detained.

A spokesman for E.ON said the firm was proud of its record on the environment and it invested in renewable energy.

Power dilemma

Andrew Barrow, from E.ON, said: "We have 21 wind farms across the country.

"We've got a portfolio of about 1bn worth of investment plans for the coming years, as well as biomass power stations, wind, wave, tidal power, all coming on stream as soon as we can."

Bob Castle, of Eastside Climate Action, said: "E.ON is building a new generation of coal-fired power plants, with the first such plant in the UK in 50 years coming up in Kingsnorth, in Kent.

"Building coal power stations in the 21st Century is ridiculous. The company claims to have green credentials, but 95% of the power they invest in is non-renewable.

"This country has a huge potential for renewable energy."


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