Readers have shared their views after the Government reduced plans for onshore windfarms in a strategy to ensure the UK's energy security. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reduced the plans for more wind farms, which generate tens of thousands of megawatt-hours of electricity every year in Copeland. 

The removal of targets for land-based wind turbines has been criticised by Labour, which had called for a relaxing of the planning regulations around onshore developments before Mr Johnson published his energy strategy last week.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy figures show Copeland produced 60,809 megawatt-hours the equivalent of 61 gigawatt-hours of electricity through its 43 onshore wind turbines in 2020.

This was up from 53,616 MWh the year prior and from 49,746 MWh in 2014, when records began. Among five recorded renewable energy sources, onshore wind ranked first in the area.

RenewableUK’s chief executive Dan McGrail and Ana Musat, head of policy at Aldersgate Group, a non-profit alliance of business leaders lobbying for a sustainable economy, urged the Government to reconsider changing onshore wind farm planning rules.

Commenting on Facebook, Andy Sabin-Hope, said: “One of the very few good ideas he's had. Scrap net zero before it bankrupts the country.”

Steven Shaw said: “Good. They are an absolute eyesore.”

Marianne Birkby wrote: “They want to leave room in the grid for the most toxic industry there is - the nuclear civil/military industrial complex. Now they call it "clean" as they leach it out of the ground in Kazakhstan using mega amounts of sulphuric acid and freshwater.”

Marion Roberts posted: “This man is becoming a liability. Nuclear is not for us wind and Solar is a must.”

Gavin Johnston added: “They are the cheapest and most profitable source of energy but posh people in Tory villages don’t like the look of them.”

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