Official: Scots love wind power

April 21, 2012 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Seven out of 10 Scots support wind power as part of the country’s energy mix, according to the latest poll to confirm a clear majority of people in the UK are broadly in favour of wind farm developments.

The YouGov survey of over 1,000 people, commissioned by trade group Scottish Renewables, found that 39 per cent of respondents “strongly agreed” with the statement “I support the continuing development of wind power as part of a mix of renewables and conventional forms of electricity generation”, while a further 33 per cent “tended to agree”.

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In contrast, just seven per cent said they “strongly disagreed” with the statement.

The results follow a similar UK-wide survey last week carried out by Ipsos MORI on behalf of trade association RenewableUK, which found that 67 per cent of respondents are in favour of using wind power in the UK.

The latest poll will be released today ahead of an appearance by US billionaire Donald Trump before Scottish MPs as part of his campaign to block a £150m wind farm off the Aberdeenshire coast, which he claims will spoil the views from his golf course.

Niall Stuart, chief executive of Scottish Renewables, said the survey confirmed “how out of touch Donald Trump and his allies are”.

“This lays to rest once and for all the idea that people of Scotland do not support wind power,” he said in a statement. “A massive majority of people have clearly stated their support for the continuing development of wind power – offshore and onshore – as part of our energy mix.”

His comments were echoed by WWF Scotland Director, Dr Richard Dixon, who urged Trump to read the results of the poll.

“The people of Scotland have not been fooled by Mr Trump’s sudden interest in the Scottish coastline, he was quite happy to trash an important bit of it to build his golf course in the first place,” he said. “Mr Trump’s showbiz bluster shouldn’t be allowed to distract us from getting on with using the huge energy resources of wind, waves and tides that Scotland has been blessed with.”

The poll comes at the end of the week that has seen the wind energy industry step up efforts to secure public support following the launch of a new national anti-wind farm group that has vowed to help orchestrate efforts to block all wind farm developments.

Dubbed National Opposition to Windfarms, or Now, the group said it would combat policies that support wind energy and provide “a source of collective knowledge and strategic help” to anti-wind farm campaigns.

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