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New Poll Suggests Strong Support for Wind Energy in Wales

1 May 2013

  • Almost two thirds of people in favour of wind as part of energy mix.
  • Support for renewable energy outshines conventional fossil fuels.
  • Two thirds say wind farm would not put them off visiting an area.

Almost two thirds (64 per cent) of people in Wales support the development of wind power as part of a mix of renewable and conventional energy according to the findings of a YouGov poll that is published today.

The poll, commissioned by RenewableUK Cymru, also found that 64 per cent of Welsh people are generally in favour of large scale wind projects in their local council area, more than double the number (24 per cent) who said they would support shale gas and the 27 per cent in favour of nuclear. The highest support was for renewables such as solar and hydro power, with 82 per cent saying they would support these in their local area.

Renewables also scored highly as the choice of the main source for electricity generation. Just over a quarter (26 per cent) said they would like solar to provide the majority of their electricity, 23 per cent said hydro and 16 per cent said wind. Just four per cent said gas and three per cent said coal. Shale gas was favoured by just one per cent.

Two thirds of the people surveyed (66 per cent) said that the presence of a wind farm would not affect their decision to visit an area.

Commenting on the new poll results, Dr David Clubb, Director of RenewableUK Cymru, said: “The poll reaffirms what we already know from our experience talking to people across Wales; the majority of people in Wales are in favour of wind energy, and they strongly support the deployment of all forms of renewable energy. This bodes well for a future of more sustainable livelihoods, greater community investment and a cleaner environment.

“As an industry, we need to continue to work together to demonstrate the huge benefits of renewable energy, to help further increase the consent rates.

“This research gives great context for the debate about wind energy in Wales, and should leave nobody in any doubt that the future of Wales is renewable.”

The results of the YouGov poll will be discussed later today (Wednesday 1 May) at the RenewableUK Cymru Conference in Cardiff.

For further information, please contact:

Sara Powell-Davies, Communications Manager, RenewableUK Cymru, 029 2034 7840 or 07815 550 983 and sara.powell-davies@renewableuk.com

Notes

  1. All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1,003 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 19–22 April 2013. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all Welsh adults (aged 18+)
  2. RenewableUK Cymru is a branch of RenewableUK that was established in 2006 to help achieve Welsh Government renewable energy ambitions and influence future energy policy in Wales.

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