Support for renewable energy has reached a record high of 85%, reveals Government poll
2nd May 2019 15:26 - Utilities
Support for renewable energy has reached a record high of 85%: An offical Government poll has revealed an increase in support for renewable energy. Eighty-five percent of respondents were in support of renewable energy according to the survey, an increase from 79% 12 months ago. The data was collected using face-to-face in-home interviews across 2,102 households.
The survey also revealed that support for offshore wind turbines has reached its highest recorded level of 83% since it started tracking in 2012. Onshore wind also reached its highest level of 76% - this has increased from 74% in November 2018.
According to the research, wave and tidal energy has also been breaking records, reaching its.highest level of respondent support to date at 81%.
Two out of three people questioned revealed they would be in support of having a large renewable energy source where they live, with three quarters saying they believe renewable industries and developments provide economic benefits to the UK.
However, 72% of respondents said that the UK is becoming too dependent on energy being supplied by other countries, a rise of 6 percentage points since last year. Looking at the UK's investment in alternative energy sources, seven out of ten (71%) believed the UK is investing fast enough, compared with two thirds (66%) last year.
When asked about the energy sources imported from oversees that were a concern to them, 34% said oil, dropping from 38% last year, wheras concern over gas has increased from 47% to 57% since this time 12 months ago.
When it comes to electricity, a quarter of respondents revealed they had concerns (25%) while 27% admitted they had concerns but with no specific energy source.
RenewableUK’ Executive Director Emma Pinchbeck said: ‘Today’s survey shows record levels of public support for onshore wind, offshore wind, wave and tidal energy. People are happy to have big projects in their own areas – and they strongly feel Government should be building more cheap, reliable, renewable energy here in the UK."
Sign up for free insights from your sector…
We hope that you have found this article useful. This section is freely available for all to use. Please help support it by liking us or following us on our social media platforms:
For updated Utilities insights please follow us on @DJS_Utilities or use our RSS feed