North East is greener than the rest

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THE North East is leading the way when it comes to meeting renewable energy targets.

Some 37 per cent of the energy the region uses comes from renewable sources, compared to a 10 per cent national average.

That means it has almost hit the UK target – 40 per cent by 2050 – 40 years early.

The figures include renewable energy projects that have been given the green light by planners, but are not yet fully operational.  

Yorkshire, Humberside and the North East produce more energy from wind farms than the rest of England combined.