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Survey reveals public support for renewables

Public support for renewable energy stays strong, according to the results of the Department of Energy & Climate Change’s (DECC) latest public attitudes tracking survey.

In March 2012, the DECC launched a tracking survey to understand and monitor public attitudes to its main business priorities.

Public Attitudes Tracker consists of one annual survey every March and three shorter surveys in June, September and December, which repeat a subset of questions where DECC think attitudes might shift with greater regularity or be influenced by seasonal factors.

Renewable energy received a great deal of support, with nearly four-fifths of the public saying they support the use of renewable energy to provide electricity, fuel and heat. This is consistent with results from the past three years.

The idea that renewable energy developments should provide direct benefit to the communities in which they are located was also supported by 78% of respondents.

The level of support varied across the renewable technologies:

  • 81% were in favour of solar;
  • 74% were in favour of wave and tidal;
  • 73% were in favour of off-shore wind generation;
  • 65% were in favour of on-shore wind projects; and
  • 63% were in favour of biomass.

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