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Public support for renewables unchanging

Support for renewable energy from members of the public has remained at 76%, according to the latest Government survey.

This strong level of backing for the using renewable energy to provide electricity, fuel and heat, is the same as it was during the last quarterly Public Attitudes Tracking Survey conducted by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Support for the different technologies varied by no more than 1% since the last quarter:

  • Biomass: 60%
  • Offshore wind: 72%
  • Onshore wind: 66%
  • Solar: 82%
  • Wave and tidal: 71%

Renewable Energy Association chief executive Nina Skorupska said: “Renewables enjoy higher levels of public support than any other energy generation technology.

“However, we know we cannot afford to be complacent as more and more people are struggling to pay their fuel bills. We support the Government’s intention to ensure costs to consumers are kept to a minimum, provided they do not undermine jobs and investment in the green economy.

“The UK desperately needs new low carbon plants this decade – but Government must give unequivocal clarity on continued financial support to unlock these investments.”

She added: “Renewables will not need subsidy forever.”

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