Wind power blows away competition
Wind energy has been voted the most popular energy source in the UK
A new survey carried out by the Guardian has revealed that almost half of Brits would welcome an onshore wind farm, within a five mile vicinity of their home.
In stark contrast just 20% said they would welcome a coal powered energy station to their neighbourhood and 27% a nuclear power plant. Fracking was the least popular option, with just 19% of respondents saying the practice would be welcomed in their area.
The survey was taken by 2,000 UK residents, from a wide variety of locations and with contrasting incomes and political allegiances.
Wind championed across party supporters
In terms of political preferences, wind enjoyed a wide range of support with 56% of Labour voters, 45% of Ukip supporters and 39% conservatives backing the energy source.
Interestingly, only 32% of respondents said energy prices would influence their choices when it comes time to vote for the next national election, although 81% said they were concerned about rising energy costs. A further 52% are worried about carbon emissions and 51% about possible power cuts.
The study follows recent comments from Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, who asked planners to give locals more say when it comes to their concerns over wind farm developments. The Conservative party has also promised to decrease subsidies for onshore wind turbines if elected in 2015.