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85% of Brits back RE supports

ECIU poll finds strong public opinion in favour of green incentives

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A ComRes survey has found 85% of British adults are in favour of price support for renewables including onshore wind and solar.

The survey for the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit showed less than 30% think gas power should be subsidised, the same proportion as for nuclear, with 19% wanting support for coal.

The poll also revealed growing support for the government’s commitment to phase out coal-fired power stations.

Some 65% of Britons back an end to coal use up from 58% in 2015.

Renewables, either wind or solar, are the top choices for replacing coal, with 42% choosing one or other as their preferred technology.

Nuclear is backed by 16% and gas by 3%.

“This survey demolishes any claim that the public are resistant to encouraging energy sources such as wind and solar," said ComRes chairman Andrew Hawkins.

“Even in cash-strapped times, an overwhelming majority want renewable energies to have financial support.”

ComRes interviewed 2,045 British adults online between 1 and 2 February.

Image: Goole Fields (Innogy UK Renewables)

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