The public support for offshore wind in the UK is at an all-time high, according to the newly released statistics issued by the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
80% of those polled in the latest Public Attitudes Tracking Survey said they support further development of offshore wind, with only 5% stating their opposition to any further developments.
Support for renewable energy in general is at 79%. Opposition to renewables was very low at 4%, with only 1% strongly opposed.
70% of those surveyed agree that renewable energy industries and developments provide economic benefits to the UK, with 58% saying that they would be happy to have a large scale renewable energy development in their area.
“As political parties get ready to launch their manifestos, it must surely be worth their attention that nearly 80% of the general public support renewable energy, and this remains true across all demographics,” RenewableUK’s Executive Director, Emma Pinchbeck, said.
”The public is well aware that home-grown renewables provide clean and affordable energy for the future, along with huge economic benefits to local communities.”