UK public support for renewables hits 81% in latest govt survey
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Public support for renewables in the UK increased to 81% in the government's latest attitudes tracker from 78% three months earlier.
As a whole, support for renewable energy has been at consistently high levels since the tracker was launched in 2012.
The March 2016 poll, published today by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), also showed that 70% of respondents agree that renewable industries and developments provide economic benefits to the UK. More than half, 56%, would be happy to have a large-scale renewable project in their area.
With respect to individual technologies, support for solar increased to 84% from 80% in the September 2015 survey. Support for offshore and onshore wind also rose to 76% from 73% and to 69% from 66%, respectively. Support for wave and tidal energy increased to 77% from 73%, while biomass backing was down to 63% from 65%.