The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) is sending a clear message to government this week, as they published their most recent survey which suggests that the British public want renewable energy.
According to a new survey undertaken by the ECIU and ComRes, of the 2,015 people surveyed 83% were in favour of renewable energy sources (66% wind energy, 73% solar energy, 75% early stage renewables), with less support for coal (23%), gas (31%) and nuclear power (33%).
The UK Government is due to scrap support for onshore wind projects from April 2016 and is planning to cut subsidies for solar and biomass. It is also investing £2 billion to build a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point.
This all seems totally at odds with ECIU survey and the mood of the British people.
The ECIU also stated that 8 out of 10 people (79%) support subsidies for measures that cut energy waste by insulating homes, with fewer than one in 14 (7%) opposed.
Richard Black, Director of the ECIU said: “Cutting energy waste is the cheapest and easiest way to reduce energy bills and carbon emissions and this survey suggests it’s also the most popular. “With insulation rates falling to their lowest level since 2013, there’s a clear rationale for ministers re-invigorating policies that cut energy waste and one obvious approach would be to make energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority.”
ComRes interviewed 2,015 GB adults online between the 16th and 17th September 2015. Data was weighted to be representative of all GB adults aged 18+. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. The data tables are available on request. The survey and data table can also be found at http://www.comres.co.uk/polls/eciu-survey-on-energy-and-climate-change/