Protecting coal and wind subsidies

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Along with environmentally friendly beauty products, visitors to Dutch branches of The Body Shop are now able to buy environmentally friendly electricity, as the company turns green power retailer for a month. The Body Shop, with 49 branches in the Netherlands, has given its staff special training in green power, which can be freely traded on the liberalised Dutch energy market as of July 1. Applications from interested customers will be further processed by Greenpeace Nederland. The Body Shop has decided to work exclusively with independent green power suppliers Echte Energie and Energie Concurrent following protests from local action groups who claim that the green energy supplied by large utilities such as Essent, Nuon and Eneco, which contains elements from biomass and refuse incineration, is not clean enough. The Body Shop has had a long time interest in wind power and at one time held a stake in an early wind plant in the UK.

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