Public support for onshore wind and solar power are at all-time highs, an official survey shows. Almost three-quarters of people (73 per cent) back onshore wind farms and solar has a huge 86 per cent support. Two-thirds (66 per cent) support biomass, 80 per cent are in favour of offshore wind farms and wave and tidal technologies are backed by 79 per cent of people. The individual technologies all recorded their highest level of support in the quarterly public attitudes tracker from the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Beis) since it began in March 2012. The support for renewables prompted calls for political parties to back the technologies in their General Election manifestos. The previous government cut solar subsidies and curbed the development of onshore wind farms. Juliet Davenport, chief executive of renewable energy company Good Energy, said: “It’s fantastic to see that all renewable technologies, including onshore wind and solar, have reached their highest level of support from the British public and that well over half would also support a new large-scale renewable project where they live. Industry body RenewableUK’s executive director, Emma Pinchbeck, said: “As political parties get ready to launch their manifestos, it must surely be worth their attention that nearly 80% of the general public support renewable energy, and this remains true across all demographics.
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If UK politicians want to reunite the country and garner votes they’d do well to embrace renewables in their manifestos, writes JOE WARE Polls abound trying to gauge our mood on a host of different issues so it’s good to see that public support for wind and solar is at an all-time high according to the results of a quarterly tracking survey conducted by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. And as all parties finalise their manifestos they would do well to take heed the findings. Onshore wind is backed by nearly three quarters of the public (73%), with offshore even more popular at 79% while solar has almost universal support at 86%. Less well-known renewables are also popular with wave and tidal power supported by 79% of the public. These are all record highs since the tracking started in 2013.
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