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What does the public really think of renewables?

Posted in: Energy news

Posted on: 29.07.2016

Did you know that 76% of the UK public support renewables, while just 21% support fracking?

This week the newly named Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) released its latest public attitudes tracker, asking UK residents their opinion on various energy topics ranging from bills to fracking.

The surveys, which first began in March 2012, time and again reveal overwhelming public support for renewable energy.

Strong support for renewables

In the past 18 surveys, support for renewables has never dropped below 75%, and the proportion backing solar has always been 80% or higher.

Seven in 10 of us agree that renewable energy provides economic benefits to the country, something we’re dedicated to delivering through our Renewables Development Charter.

In comparison, support for nuclear and fracking is consistently overshadowed by renewables, with the latest stats revealing that 36% and 21% of the UK public support these technologies respectively.

Good Energy founder and CEO Juliet Davenport was thrilled with the news.


Clean energy has always had the public's support because it offers good value - it's local, it's sustainable and it offers a solution to climate change. The gulf between what the public wants for our energy future and what our Government is imposing is growing. The newly formed BEIS department needs to listen to public support, take the lead in seizing new opportunities and keep us on the path to decarbonisation.

Record breaking clean power

These figures are a huge boost to renewables, and come at a time when clean sources of generation are breaking records.

25% of our power needs now comes from green energy, and it was recently announced that one million UK homes are generating electricity and heat using the power of British sunshine.

With 2016 a year of political change and uncertainty for the renewable energy industry, it is good news like this which demonstrates the progress we are making towards a truly low carbon future.

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Jamie White

Senior Communications Executive 

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