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Minister attacks wind farms

The Tory energy minister has condemned the "peppering" of wind farms across the countryside, insisting: "Enough is enough." John Hayes said the spread of turbines "seems extraordinary" and they should no longer be "imposed on communities".

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Onshore wind energy in the UK

  • More than 340 onshore wind projects - or 3,327 wind turbines - currently in the UK
  • Current capacity generates 5,028 MW - enough to power about 3.76m homes
  • 4,000 onshore wind turbines due to be built by 2020
  • Target to produce 30% of all UK electricity from renewable sources by 2020
  • UK's first wind farm built in Cornwall in 1991

(Sources: RenewableUK, DECC)

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