Brits ‘back subsidies for renewables’

A majority of the UK public back subsidies for renewable energy projects, new report claims. Around 83% out of more than 2,000 people surveyed support subsidies for wind and solar, […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

A majority of the UK public back subsidies for renewable energy projects, new report claims.

Around 83% out of more than 2,000 people surveyed support subsidies for wind and solar, according to the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU).

These support falls for coal (23%), gas (31%) and nuclear power (33%).

The UK Government will scrap support for onshore wind projects from April 2016 and is planning to cut subsidies for solar and biomass.

It is also investing £2 billion to build a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point.

The ECIU also stated 79% of respondents would like subsidies to be given to programmes that reduce energy waste such as insulating homes.

Richard Black, Director of the ECIU said: “Cutting waste is the cheapest and easiest way to reduce energy bills and carbon emissions and this survey suggests it’s also the most popular.

“With insulation rates falling to their lowest level since 2013, there’s a clear rationale for ministers re-invigorating policies that cut energy waste and one obvious approach would be to make energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority.”