Scots ‘favour wind power over nuclear or shale gas’

Renewable energy has been chosen as the top power source in Scotland. A new YouGov survey for Scottish Renewables found people in the country are twice as likely to favour […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Renewable energy has been chosen as the top power source in Scotland.

A new YouGov survey for Scottish Renewables found people in the country are twice as likely to favour wind power over nuclear or shale gas.

It claims 62% of the 1,000 people surveyed said they would support large-scale wind projects in their local area, more than double the number who chose shale gas (24%) and almost twice as much as nuclear (32%).

The poll also revealed more than three quarters would prefer to have the majority of their electricity come from low carbon sources.

Hydro was the most popular choice (27%), followed by wind (18%), solar (15%) and nuclear (13%).

Fossil fuels were such as coal and gas were only chosen by 3% while only 1% prefer shale.

Around 70% said they want to see more renewable energy such as wind, solar, wave and tidal and two-thirds agreed that the next government should “continue to take forward policies that tackle greenhouse gas emissions and climate change”.

The survey added only 19% said the next government should prioritise the use of fracking for shale gas while 42% said they should not prioritise building new or extending the life of fossil fuel power stations and 33% support new nuclear power plants being treated as a priority.

When asked about their own household energy needs, respondents were given a list of technologies they would consider installing. The most popular choice was solar panels followed by wind turbines, biomass boilers, heat pumps and small-scale hydro turbines.

Niall Stuart, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said: “The poll suggests that the people of Scotland continue to be strongly behind the growth of renewable energy, with support for the sector way ahead of any other.

“Just months after the Paris climate change agreement, the poll also shows clear support for Scotland’s next government to prioritise policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”