Comment on Scots wind energy poll

Commenting on a new poll showing that two thirds of Scots living in rural areas support the use of onshore wind energy, Richard Black, director of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), said:

Delabole Wind Farm By Good Energy

Surveys show that renewables, including onshore wind power, are popular. Image: Good Energy, creative commons licence

“This shows that Scots in rural areas are in tune with the rest of the UK – they strongly approve of onshore wind power, by a margin of six-to-one, backing up repeated findings from nationwide government surveys.

“Given that onshore wind is now the cheapest form of new electricity generation bar none, and that we have a government committed to keeping energy bills low, you do wonder when exactly dots will be joined, especially since the government has just set the UK on the road to net zero emissions.”

The poll, carried out by Survation for Scottish Renewables, shows that 66% of rural Scots support the use of onshore wind energy, with 22% saying they have no opinion or don't know and only 11% opposed to new onshore wind farms.