Majority of Britons Favour Renewable Energy
May 30, 2012
The majority of people prefer renewable energy to generate electricity than fossil fuels, according to a recent poll. Findings by YouGov survey reveals that 85% of Britons support calls for the government to introduce legislation to make energy companies cut their use of foreign fossil fuels and increase wind sources of electricity.
The survey, commissioned by Friends of the Earth, suggests the public is backing wind farm subsidies and that the majority are in favour of renewable energy. It found that only 4% are strongly opposed to a move towards renewables and that 33% are strongly in favour.
The poll, which involved almost 3,000 adults in the UK, showed that 64% would like to see more renewable sources like wind, wave, tidal and solar providing more electricity in 10 years’ time. Just 2% want to see a gas-led supply.
Wave and tidal power received the most backing with more than a quarter of people stating it as the number one choice; shortly followed by solar (21%) and wind (17%).
Scottish people are more optimistic than any other citizen for renewable energy as 88% want a future that is based on renewable sources. This concurs with the country’s plans to generate all of its electricity from renewables by the year 2010.
The findings come after the government announced that the UK and US will sign a memorandum of understanding on the joint development of floating wind turbines.
Craig Bennett, Friends of the Earth's director of policy and campaigns, said: “The public has given a clear vote of confidence to clean British energy from our wind, sun and sea - it makes no sense for the Government to pursue an unwanted, costly dash for gas that's causing our fuel bills to rocket.”