Monday 16 September 2019

More and more people 'want to get their power from wind farm'


Support for wind farms is growing. Stock image
Support for wind farms is growing. Stock image
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Support for wind farms is growing, an industry-funded survey of more than 1,000 people says.

Some 54pc of people are strongly in favour of wind farms, compared with 47pc a year ago in October 2017. The survey from the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) also found that 55pc of people living in rural areas are strongly in favour, compared with 43pc a year ago.

Chief executive of the IWEA Dr David Connolly said the need to take climate action had resulted in more people realising that wind played a vital role in decarbonising the economy.

"I think people are becoming more aware of the impact of climate change and that wind is part of that solution," he said.

"People are talking about ambition going forward, and about the need for wind energy to avoid the [climate] impacts we've already seen in Ireland.

"We're very much a rural industry, so it's vital we see support in urban and rural areas."

Some 80pc of respondents said they would prefer to power their home with renewable energy, up 10pc compared with a year ago, while 89pc of people living in the suburbs expressed this preference, compared with 75pc in small or medium-sized towns.

The most commonly cited benefits of wind power were that it reduced emissions, was good for the environment and resulted in cheaper power. Just under half of respondents said it benefited local communities.

Irish Independent

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