Wind power

Two-thirds support wind power in UK survey reveals

More than two-thirds of people support the use of wind power in the UK, a survey has found.

The poll by Ipsos MORI for industry body RenewableUK also found that a majority accept the look of wind farms on the landscape, with a fifth saying they found them "completely acceptable".

Following the findings that 67 per cent of people backed wind power, while just 8 per cent opposed it, RenewableUK chief executive Maria McCaffery said it was undemocratic and damaging for the "vocal anti-wind minority" to derail plans for clean energy.

"Wind is an abundant, clean, secure and affordable energy source," McCaffery said.

"It is therefore not only undemocratic to allow the vocal anti-wind minority to derail the UK's plans for renewable energy, but also damaging to our economy, undermining investment and jobs that will help to rebuild communities across the country and put the UK on a path to future economic prosperity."

She suggested that the idea that most people found wind farms ugly was a "myth" propagated by a minority.

The poll, which surveyed 1,000 people, found that 6 per cent of the people between the ages of 16 and 64 polled thought wind farms looked "completely unacceptable" within the landscape.

The question asked people to rate the level of acceptability of the look of landscapes between one and 10, with 57 per cent giving a score between 7 and 10, at the "acceptable" end of the scale.

RenewableUK said 70 companies have now signed up to the Wind Energy Industry Charter, based on investing in energy security, provide jobs and generate clean, safe and affordable electricity for the UK.

"The Prime Minister and Energy Secretary have recently reaffirmed the government's commitment to wind power – this poll shows there's huge public support for getting on with the urgent task of developing the nation's huge wind potential," said Friends of the Earth head of campaigns Andrew Pendleton.

"Investing in clean British energy is crucial for tackling soaring fuel bills and slashing carbon emissions.

"Firms are queuing up to bring jobs and prosperity to recession-hit Britain.

"Ministers must put the real long-term interest of the nation first by backing the huge potential of wind and kick-starting a real clean energy revolution."

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