New data released from Government shows that public support for renewable technologies is at an all time high in 2018.
In April 2018 public support for renewables reached a new peak, with 85% of those surveyed within the Energy and Climate Change Public Attitudes Tracker responding that they generally supported renewables. This is up from 79% in the last survey. Only 1% of those surveyed strongly opposed.
Support for solar energy and off-shore wind were also at their highest recorded levels since the tracker began (87% and 83% respectively). Support for other renewable energy developments remained high: 81% said they supported wave and tidal energy, 76% supported on-shore wind, and 69% support biomass.
James Court, head of policy and external affairs at the Renewable Energy Association, said the survey results followed an extraordinary year for the wider renewables industry.
“This government data shows shifting winds in public attitudes towards energy.
Concern over energy security is growing, as is concern over bills. Simultaneously, public support for renewables is at a record high with 85% being in favour of their use. This should be no surprise, renewables are now cost competitive with fossils, and cheaper in some circumstances, together with the fact that being more self-sufficient as a country is increasingly attractive.
The Government can strike multiple birds with the same stone by re-introducing the policy support for renewables which have been withdrawn in the past years. Renewables are cheaper, provide future-proofed jobs and should be at the centre of Britain’s industrial strategy going forward.”