Public support for renewable energy continues to growFriday 3 November
- Government releases new data showing public support for renewable technologies remains high and is growing
- Technologies such as solar and onshore wind are the cheapest form of new power production in the UK, but are largely blocked to market
- Policy should be enabling the deployment of green technology but is holding it back
New data from the Government’s Energy and Climate Change Public Attitudes Tracker shows that public support for renewable energy technologies remains high and continues to grow, with 82% of respondents expressing support (up from 77% in the most previous survey). Only 3% of the public is opposed to the deployment of renewable energy, with 1% strongly opposed.
This contrasts sharply with support for other technologies. 33% of the public is reported to support nuclear energy, with 25% opposed. Only 13% of the public support the extraction of shale gas, with 36% opposed.
Commenting on the statistics, James Court, Head of Policy and External Affairs at the Renewable Energy Association said:
“Following an extraordinary year for the industry, seeing record highs for generation and dramatic falls in prices, it is not surprising that public support for renewables has risen and is the most popular form of generation.
“We now need the government to see what the public have seen and take the brake off this sector. Cheap forms of power such as onshore wind, solar, and biomass remain blocked to market whilst nuclear, diesel, and gas are still receiving government support.”
Source: Renewable Energy Association