More than two thirds of British people, including 61 per cent of Conservative voters, want see new onshore wind farms developed in the UK where they have local backing, according to a new YouGov poll for trade body RenewableUK. The survey of more than 3,600 adults carried out last month found clear majority backing for a change in current government policy to allow onshore wind developers to compete in Contracts for Difference (CfD) price support auctions.
Business Green 16th July 2018 read more »
Two-thirds of British people think the government should ditch the policies that have all but killed off the UK’s onshore wind industry, according to a new poll. Since new rules governing the construction of onshore turbines were introduced following the election in 2015, planning applications for new wind farms have plummeted by 94 per cent. As the government struggles to meet strict greenhouse gas emissions targets, experts have criticised the effective ban on technology that is widely considered the UK’s cheapest new power source. Aside from the environmental and industry arguments for promoting onshore wind, the technology has considerable support from the British public, as the government’s own data on public attitudes to renewable energy have shown. Now, a new opinion poll by YouGov has revealed 66 per cent of voters would support a change in policy that allowed onshore wind farms to be built in places where they have local backing. Current policies were initially introduced following a Conservative promise to “halt the spread of onshore wind farms” which “often fail to gain public support”.
Independent 16th July 2018 read more »