Renewable energy sites generated tens of thousands of megawatts per hour of electricity in Burnley last year

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the coronavirus crisis should be used as a catalyst to make the UK the world leader in offshore wind power generation, creating thousands of jobs in the process.But with the plans focusing largely on offshore technology, climate charity Possible said more needs to be done to see the full benefits of the “hugely popular” onshore wind farms.Figures from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy show 72,787 megawatts per hour (around 73 gigawatts) of renewable electricity were generated in Burnley in 2019. “/> Coal Clough wind farmThis was 67% more energy than the 44 GWh produced in 2014, the earliest year of data available.The biggest producer of energy in Burnley last year was onshore wind farms, which generated 66,610 MWh – 92% of the total.This was followed by solar power (7%), and landfill gas, which is created by the decomposition of organic materials in a landfill – which generated a further 1,208MWh (2%).Renewable electricity generated around a third of the UK’s total energy last year (120,675 GWh) – almost double the amount it did in 2014.Offshore wind farms, which are turbines located at sea, and onshore wind farms, based on land, were each responsible for 27% of the UK’s total, but the Government’s plan focuses …

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