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Latest official poll shows public support for onshore wind stays at record high

08 November 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rob Norris
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An opinion poll commissioned by the Government reveals that public support for onshore wind remains at a record high level of 76%, even though it is still excluded by Ministers from competing for Government-backed contracts to generate power.


The Public Attitudes Tracker, published today by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, also shows that the proportion of people who oppose onshore wind has dropped to its lowest level ever at just 6% (the previous record low was 8%).


RenewableUK’s Executive Director Emma Pinchbeck said “This latest poll demonstrates  that the level of public support for onshore wind remains consistently high – yet we’re still awaiting action from Government to allow onshore wind to compete on a level playing field against other technologies. Every recent study shows that building new onshore wind projects is the cheapest way to generate power for consumers. Scientists have made it crystal clear that the need to take action against climate change is urgent, so decisions need to be taken swiftly”.  


The official poll shows that public support has consistently at remained above 70% for the last 2 years, and that it has never fallen below 64% since the survey began in 2012.



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