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Independent UK Energy Research Council report finds 75 percent of people support wind energy in the UK

Published: 17/07/2013

A new report has revealed that 75% of people in the UK support wind energy, which is contrary to what has been widely reported in the media. The report, funded by the independent UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) and carried out by a team from the Universities of Cardiff and Nottingham, revealed that support for renewable energy technologies is very high and that 81% of those surveyed would like to reduce their energy use.

The report, ‘Transforming the UK Energy System’, revealed that 74% of participants were very or fairly concerned about climate change, and 82% were worried about the UK becoming too dependent upon energy from other countries. This has led to the support of energy system change in the UK, and the changes that are favoured are: energy efficient; environmentally friendly; reliable; and a long term fix.

Professor Nick Pidgeon, who led the research team, said: “Our participants saw the bigger picture of energy system transformation, and they were overwhelmingly committed to moving away from fossil fuels towards renewable forms of energy production, and to lowering energy demand”.

The results of this study, which show that the majority of the public are supportive of wind energy, are an encouraging boost for the industry, which is too often the focus of negative media reports.

The report is available for download below.

Transforming the UK Energy System July 2013, 2.26 MB

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