It seems renewable energy, in particular wind power, has generated particularly bad press of late, with constant attacks from right-wing media and continual opposition to wind farms. However, despite this, it appears us Brits have nonetheless developed a love for renewables and the move towards a low-carbon future.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) carried out a survey last month which revealed that the UK has increased their support for renewables, including wind power, over the past year. It appears the negative media coverage has had no effect on public opinion and of the 2,000 people asked, support for wind power reached a 12 month high.
A spokesman from Renewables UK suggests that, “the media is in fact out of kilter with what’s really happening in the country”.
The results of the survey couldn’t come at a better time, just weeks before the government’s plans to detail how communities can access greater benefits from neighbouring wind turbines, which could potentially boost support even further.
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey said that the results of the survey couldn’t be better, and show that the public clearly supports the government’s efforts to continue to develop “low-carbon, home grown forms of energy”.