After 21 protesters pleaded guilty to aggravated trespass for the 2012 occupation of EDF’s power plant in West Burton, the energy supplier sought £5m in damages.
The group retaliated by launching their own website. EDF*off was launched this week as a direct result of the lawsuit, and encourages EDF customers to switch supplier from EDF, and promoting green energy deals.
No Dash for Gas gained momentum and support, as many believed the lawsuit to be an attempt by EDF to smother their right to speak out against big energy.
In a statement issued 13 March and posted on their website, EDF claims that the dropped suit is part of a settlement with the No Dash for Gas group:
“The protestors, who have all pleaded guilty in court to aggravated trespass, have agreed in principle to accept a permanent injunction which prevents them from entering multiple sites operated by EDF Energy. As a result of this, EDF Energy is dropping its claim for civil damages against them and believes that this is a fair and reasonable solution.”
The company goes on to say that it respects peoples’ rights to protest lawfully, and that it: “will continue to engage with a wide range of stakeholders and individuals to explain our role in meeting the country’s future energy needs.”