Public attitudes to wind farms

The results of surveys into public attitudes to wind farms are remarkably consistent. They typically suggest that 70-80% of the UK public support wind farm development. Those who live near operational wind farms tend to be even more positive with support levels of up to 94% being recorded.

Those who oppose wind energy typically make up only 8-16% of the population. It's this minority who often lead resistance to wind developments. Following construction, the level of opposition generally decreases whilst the level of support rises.

"I would like to place on record how opposed to the wind turbines I was. I even had a letter in the Yorkshire Post against them and that was before they became a reality. However they have turned out to be if anything an 'asset' to the area, both aesthetically and environmentally. We could really do with having a lot more of them, as they are adding to our energy in a green way, and look very majestic."
Robina Herrington, a neighbour of E.ON's Out Newton Wind Farm and Embrace Champion.

 

Public attitudes to wind
Year Poll Results
March 2012 YouGov / EDF Energy 61% of UK consumers believe the government needs to invest more in renewable energy.
12% would be prepared to pay more for energy from a renewable source.
April 2012 Renewable UK / Ipsos MORI poll 67% in favour of the use of wind power in the UK, with 28% 'strongly in favour'.
59% believe that the use of wind energy is helping to tackle climate change and help us to reduce carbon emissions.
A majority (57%) find the look of wind farms on the landscape acceptable and a fifth (20%) completely acceptable.
July 2012  DECC Public Attitudes Tracker - Wave 1  61% of UK consumers believe the government needs to invest more in renewable energy.
12% would be prepared to pay more for energy from a renewable source. 
August 2012  Visit Scotland  83% stated that their decision to visit a place would not be affected by the presence of a wind farm. 
September 2012  DECC Public Attitudes Tracker - Wave 2  77% of British public want electricity from renewable sources.
73% of people support development of offshore wind, 66% support onshore.
74% concerned that UK too dependent on energy from other countries. 
October 2012  YouGov / The Sunday Times  69% of British public want current level of wind energy increased or maintained.
17% support more gas and coal power stations. 
October 2012  ICM Research  68% would be likely to support local renewable energy projects.