We’ve had a brilliant response to our campaign to stop George Osborne from killing off our onshore wind industry, and thousands of you have already taken part, emailing the Chancellor, and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey. (If you haven’t, go do it now http://www.actionforrenewables.org/campaigns/speak-out/ed-davey-dont-let-george-osborne-cut-wind)
We’re expecting an announcement any day now, so it’s interesting that DECC have just released the results of their first exercise in finding out people’s attitudes to renewable energy.
The results are really positive for renewables of all different types with 79% saying they support getting our energy for electricity, fuel and heat from renewable sources. Solar is enormously popular, with 83% support. And despite a shrill campaign by sections of the media to scrap wind power only 12% of people are opposed to off-shore wind.
Almost eight in ten (78%) agreed that ‘renewable energy developments should provide direct benefit to the communities in which they are located’ which is a completely fair attitude and one which almost all onshore wind farms are doing already.
DECC clearly know that there is huge public support for clean, renewable energy, and that the vast majority of people in the UK have no problem with properly sited wind turbines. This polling joins a stack of recent surveys confirming that support. So if in the next few days we hear that wind investment has been slashed by 25% we’ll know that not only is George Osborne calling the shots when it comes to our energy future, it’s also completely subject to the vicissitudes of the Coalition Government’s political fortunes.