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UK public still backs renewable energy

Majority of Brits still behind green energy, despite being increasingly worried about the rising price of gas and electricity

Brits remain keen on harassing green energy

Brits remain keen on harassing green energy

The majority of people in the UK still back renewable power but are worried about the cost of energy, the latest report from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has shown.

In the past few weeks, renewables have come under much scrutiny after bosses at some of the largest energy providers suggested the subsidies that fund them are to blame for rising household bills this winter.

Public still back policies

The latest DECC findings show that 76% of people in the UK support the use of renewable sources for energy production.

Despite this being a fall from the 79% of people who said the same in September 2012, DECC said it was largely unchanged and shows a real belief in the production methods.

However, despite the government’s enthusiasm for nuclear power, as its recent decision to approve the building of a new plant at Hinkley C shows, only 36% of the population are behind this method of energy generation. Meanwhile, 26% actively oppose the use of nuclear power.

Worries still inherent

Energy prices still present the biggest worry for British residents. According to the study, some 48% are concerned about being able to afford to pay their bills. This represents a sizeable growth from the 40% who said the same in July.

Looking forward, some 84% are worried about rapidly rising prices in the future in terms of their bills. However, this is largely the same as the 83% who said the same a year ago.

Energy bills are becoming more of a concern than they used to be, with 13% saying they now struggle to meet those costs more than their other bills, compared to just 8% in September 2012.

However, despite worries about how they will be able to afford their bills, there has been no increase in the number of people looking to switch to another supplier to make savings. Some 34% said they will try to do so in the next 12 months, which is unchanged from September 2012.

These concerns may rise in the months to come, however, with four of the big six energy suppliers in the UK already having increased their prices since the survey was conducted in September.

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  • Tony

    Depends how you ask the question.
    If you say to people “do you think we should replace fossil fuel with green energy to save the plant” most people will say yes.
    If you ask the same people ” Do you think heating bills should go up in order to subsidise more Green power production” most people will say no.
    They want Green energy, they just don’t want to pay for it.

  • Thea

    I’d like to make a correction, Tony: *They want Green energy, but a lot of them cannot afford to pay for it. The wealthier people who can afford to make the switch to energy suppliers like Good Energy need to do so, to drive down the cost of clean energy. This, along with further investment in renewables and researching alternative forms of energy is the only way that we can make the move from dirty, polluting fuels and avoid the huge costs that climate change will bring, which are just around the corner. Climate change is already claiming many lives. The rich must could see it as a form of charity, even! Avoiding catastrophic climate change will save MILLIONS of lives, and enhance the future quality of our lives and our children’s lives.