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Wind Power in the UK (PDF). - Sustainable Development Commission

9 Wind power and the communityTable 12: Summary of research conducted into attitudes to wind powerLocation Sponsor/organiser Date Support Against No OpinionUKBritainScotlandPorthcawl, WalesNational SurveySouth WestWatchfieldOxfordshireScotland xxxivNational SurveyBreckland District,NorfolkLambrigg WindfarmCumbria xxxviScotlandBritish Wind Energy Association xxixPoll by ICM for GreenpeaceMORI Social Research Institute surveyundertaken for Scottish Executive xxxGreenpeace xxxiIpsos survey undertaken for theBritish Wind Energy Association xxxiiMORI Social Research Institute surveyundertaken for SW Renewable EnergyAgency xxxiiiImpact Assessment Unit, School ofPlanning, Oxford Brookes UniversityMORI Social Research Institute surveyundertaken for Scottish RenewablesForumMORI Social Research Institute surveyundertaken for GreenpeaceBreckland District CouncilNational Wind Power (NWP)Scottish ExecutiveFeb 2005Sept. 200420032003June 2003March–April2003May 2002Sept.200220022002April 2002200079% 10%79% 8%82% 2%96% 4%74% 6%84% 4%84% 12%95% 2%72% 6%90% xxxv 9%74% 867% xxxvii 11%11%13%--20%12%4%3--1821%xxix BWEA’s 'Wind Tracker' - a regular analysis of public opinion to wind energy in the UK. Conducted by NOP, 1000interviews, representative sample. (Figures are rising 74% in August 2004- 79% in Feb 2005).xxx The survey was commissioned by the Scottish Executive to conduct survey research among people living close toScotland’s operational wind farms. The full report can be found at: www.scotland.gov.uk/publicationsxxxi The poll was conducted by Greenpeace and 650 tourists visiting the towns beaches were interviewed. The vast majority(96%) said they would be just as likely or more likely to return to the resort if the turbines go up. Just 4% said theywould be less likely to return. www.greenpeace.org.ukxxxii The survey was carried out by Ipsos amongst 2,624 UK household bill payers between 6th and 19th June 2003. 74% ofrespondents were supportive of the Government’s ambition to generate 20% of electricity from renewables by 2020,and a similar level of support was demonstrated for increasing the use of wind power in the UK (www.bwea.com).xxxiii The survey (Public Attitudes Towards Renewable Energy in the South West), conducted across the south west by MORI,asked the question “To what extent, if at all, do you support or oppose the use of wind power in the south west ofEngland?” 54% Strongly supported; 30% tend to support; 12% neither support nor oppose; 3% tend to oppose; 1%strongly oppose and 1% don’t know.xxxiv The survey, conducted in Argyll by MORI, found that 91% of respondents said the presence of wind farms would makeno difference to their decision to visit the area again. In fact 4% stated that they would be more likely to return (2%responded “less likely”).xxxv Conducted by Breckland District Council 2002 to inform the development of SPG on Wind Energy. Respondents wereasked if the Council should support Wind energy (90.85% Yes, 9.15% No) and when asked what types of renewableenergy, 72.75% responded wind turbines.xxxvi Survey of Residents and visitors to an area near the Lambrigg Wind Farm by National Wind Power.xxxvii This proportion increased to 73% for those living within 5 km of a windfarm.sustainable development commissionWind Power in the UK 83

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