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Last Updated: Thursday March 08 2007 12:26 GMT

Wind power

Wind farm
  • Wind can be used to drive turbines which in turn produce electricity
  • UK already has more than 1,000 wind turbines
  • First built in Cornwall in 1991
  • Hundreds more have been built since in Cumbria, Wales, Yorkshire, Northern Ireland and Scotland
  • Some are on land, some on water where it's windier
  • Produce 555.8 megawatts of energy - enough to power nearly 400,000 homes
  • Wind energy is renewable, clean, and cheap
  • But critics say turbines are an eyesore
  • Birds can get hurt or killed in the blades of the wind mills


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