UK public support for onshore wind at record high of 74%
Wind turbines in UK. Author: Stephen Jones. License: Creative Commons. Attribution 2.0 Generic
Public support in the UK for onshore wind reached a new record of 74%, according to an official public attitudes tracker, trade body RenewableUK noted today.
Support has increased from a previous high of 73% in May, the last time there was polling for the onshore wind technology.
The survey, published by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), showed that 82% of people support the use of renewables as a whole, which matches the previous record. Support is also high for wave and tidal energy and for offshore wind, both at 79%. Solar enjoys a 84% backing.
RenewableUK's executive director Emma Pinchbeck said onshore wind is the cheapest way to generate power but in many parts of the UK, new wind farms that have public support are blocked from competing in the market. "Recently the devolved Governments in Wales and Scotland, the National Infrastructure Commission and the CBI have called for onshore to wind to be allowed to compete and it’s clear that the public agree," Pinchbeck added.