Government statistics released today have shown growing public support for wind, tidal and wave energy and the renewables sector overall.
According to the latest data from the UK Government’s Energy and Climate Change Public Attitudes Tracker, support for using renewable energy has reached a record high of 85%, an increase from 79% in the last survey published in February.
The previous record of 82% was set April 2013 and was reached again in November last year.
The report also saw soaring popularity for offshore wind since the tracker began collating in 2012, with an 83% support rate compared to 80% in May 2017.
Wave and tidal energy also saw an increase from 79% in 2017 to 81% this year.
75% of people said renewable industries and developments provide economic benefits to the UK.
Two in three said they would be happy to have a large scale renewable energy development in their area.
RenewableUK’ Executive Director Emma Pinchbeck said: “Today’s survey shows record levels of public support for onshore wind, offshore wind, wave and tidal energy. People are happy to have big projects in their own areas – and they strongly feel Government should be building more cheap, reliable, renewable energy here in the UK. It’s great that our industry is winning the global race for clean energy, and to see that the British public is cheering them on”