Category Archive: Renewable Energy
A poll funded by the UK Energy Research Centre revealed that there is strong support among the British public for renewable energy, and for reducing energy usage generally. The research, which was led by Professor Nick Pidgeon, involved Cardiff and Nottingham universities. It was also the first study to be conducted that specifically looked at the public’s attitudes regarding changes to the UK’s energy system.
Over three quarters of the public (79%) support a reduced reliance on fossil fuels, but some 82% are also worried that the UK relies too heavily on getting its energy from overseas. Solar energy (85%) was favoured over wind energy (75%), with over 80% saying that they were looking to cut their energy usage. Nuclear energy was found to be not so popular, with around half of those polled saying they’d oppose plans for a nuclear power station being built in their area.
The survey covered people’s views on energy changes in England, Scotland and Wales and involved the questioning of two thousand people, taking 30 months to complete. Questions ranged from asking people about their views on smart meters to heating systems, and even on greener forms of transport such as electric vehicles.
One thing the survey showed was that there is still a need to educate the public regarding carbon capture and storage (CCS), as nearly half of those surveyed were unaware of what exactly CCS entailed. Though the British government still has some work to do on convincing the general public about the benefits of nuclear energy, the overwhelming findings showed that the British public support decarbonisation and the utilisation of greener forms of energy in the coming decades.
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