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British public says renewables offer massive economic benefits - and wants more of them

28 April 2016  
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RenewableUK is highlighting new official Government statistics which show that the British public believes that renewable energy provides tangible economic benefits - and they want clean energy projects built in their area.


The Public Attitudes Tracking Survey published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change shows that 70% of people see clear economic benefits to the UK from renewable energy. The survey also showed that 56% would be happy with a large-scale project in their local area.


RenewableUK’s Chief Executive, Hugh McNeal, said:


“It’s great that the British public sees how renewable energy is helping to grow the UK economy. Renewables are delivering investment and jobs throughout our country”.


An independent report by BiGGAR Economics last year found that the onshore wind industry generated £906 million in revenue to the UK economy in 2014. Each megawatt of onshore wind installed also brings in more than £2 million to the UK over its lifetime – and around 70% of the industry’s total spend remains in the UK.


Total support for all renewables rose to 81%, onshore wind has 69% of the public’s support, offshore wind is at 76%, and marine energy increased to 77%.



  1. The full Public Attitudes Tracker can be read here:
  2. The report Onshore Wind: Economic Impacts in 2014 was undertaken by BiGGAR Economics for RenewableUK. It provides an update of Onshore Wind Direct and Wider Impacts, undertaken by BiGGAR Economics for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and RenewableUK, published in May 2012. It can be found here:

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