A year-long Government survey has shown that public support for renewable energy sources is at an all-time high of 85%, up 6% from the previous year. Even the controversial offshore wind farms are showing great support at 76%, with 81% of people backing wave and tidal energy sources. Support for onshore wind farms is lower at 76% although two thirds said they would be happy to have a large scale renewable energy development in their area.
Solar power, which has never been below 80% since the poll began in 2012, reached a new record of 87% support. When asked if the UK is investing fast enough in alternative sources of energy, 71% answered yes compared with 66% last year.
The data was collected between 28th March 2017 and 6th April 2018 using face-to-face in-home interviews with a representative sample of 2,102 house-holds.
Renewable UK 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.”