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UK public backs renewables

DECC survey shows 78% support for all forms of clean energy

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Nearly four-fifths (78%) of the UK public back the use of renewables to provide the country’s electricity, fuel and heat, according to a DECC survey of public attitudes to its main business priorities.

However, the figure was slightly down on the last three years, which had seen support of 79%, 82% and 80% respectively in 2012, 2013 and 2014

The latest DECC Public Attitudes Tracker report found that 71% strongly or slightly agree that renewables provide economic benefits to the UK, unchanged from the last two years. Only 6% strongly disagree.

The notion that renewables projects should provide direct benefit to the communities in which they are located had the support of 78%, with only 5% strongly disagreeing.

The report found that attitudes varied depending on the technologies involved.

Solar sees 81% in favour, compared to 85% in both 2014 and 2013.

Wave and tidal had 74% in favour down from 77% in both 2014 and 2013, while offshore wind had 73% in favour, compared with 77% in 2014 and 76% in March 2013.

Support for onshore wind stood at 65% down from 70% in 2014 and 68% in March 2013.

Biomass had the lowest support with 63% in favour, up from 60% in 2014, but down on the 64% in 2012.

Image: public support was highest for solar (sxc)

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