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UK poll charts major support of renewable energy

February 13, 2013
By Blue&Green Tomorrow

February, 13, 2013, London, UK – The UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) recent public attitudes survey brought to light some interesting – and encouraging – figures regarding the support for clean energy.

As well as questions on such topics as energy efficiency, energy bills, smart meters, nuclear power, climate change and electric cars, respondents were asked whether they were in favour of or against five renewable energy technologies.

After a previous question showed that eight out of 10 people supported the use of renewable energy more generally, this particular line of inquiry provided fascinating insight into how the public feels about solar, wave and tidal, biomass and onshore and offshore wind.

The results were consistent with a YouGov survey conducted last year into the UK’s future energy provisions: solar power emerged as one of the most favourable technologies, with 82% of respondents behind it – the same percentage of those in favour of wave and tidal.

Meanwhile, 61% supported biomass. Perhaps more significantly, though, only 5% opposed the development of biomass energy.


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