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by Liam Kirkaldy
31 March 2015
Public support for renewables

Public support for renewables

More than three quarters (79 per cent) of the Scottish public support greater development of renewable energy technology, according to a new poll by YouGov.

But while the majority also support attempts to reduce emissions (63 per cent), just 26 per cent support fracking for shale gas, 45 support the construction of new nuclear power stations and 49 per cent say they are in favour of building or extending coal and gas-fired power stations.

Jenny Hogan, Director of Policy at Scottish Renewables, which commissioned the poll, said: “Renewable electricity generation in Scotland has doubled in recent years, and we hope that all the main political parties will continue to back the growth of our sector after May’s General Election – which certainly looks like the wish of potential Scottish voters.”

She added: “Scottish Renewables has always campaigned for the development of renewable energy as part of a wider and balanced energy mix, but it is clear that there is limited support amongst the public for new gas, coal or nuclear power stations, and even less for the use of fracking to access onshore oil and gas reserves.”

WWF Scotland welcomed the results, with director Lang Banks saying: “When given the choice, it's clear that the public would rather see more clean renewables rather than polluting fossil fuels of nuclear power.

"If we're to realise the full potential of our renewable resource, it's vital that the next UK Government listens to the public and does all that it can to ensure Scotland is not held back from harnessing the power of its winds, waves, and tides.”

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