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UK government survey reveals increased public support for onshore wind farms

CTBR Staff Writer Published 04 February 2015

A new survey by the UK government has revealed that public support for onshore wind projects has increased to 68% while opposition declined to 10%.

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The poll of 2,119 UK households under the Department of Energy and Climate Change's Public Attitudes Tracker series has revealed that support for offshore wind stood at 74%.

The support for the wave and tidal energy sector has increased to 74% and backing for biomass energy rose to 65%.

According to the survey, 81% of respondents support solar energy projects with just 5% being against the developments.

Commenting on the survey, RenewableUK director of policy Gordon Edge said: "It's great to see public support for onshore wind is increasing, with more than two-thirds of people consistently saying they want Britain to make use of it, and that support for offshore wind and wave & tidal energy remains even higher.

"That's why it's so hard to understand why the Conservative party is turning its back on onshore wind, threatening to kill off the industry if it wins the next election.

"Independent polls show that David Cameron is totally wrong to claim that people are "fed up with" onshore wind - they show the reverse is actually true, and that being anti-wind is a net vote loser."

The survey followed National Grid figures which reveal that January was the most productive month ever for wind energy, delivering 14% of the UK's electricity.

The figures show that wind energy generated 4.13 terawatt hours of electricity in January, enough to power about 8.7 million in the UK.

Image: Public support for onshore wind projects in the UK has increased to 68%. Photo: Courtesy of Victor Habbick/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.