Support for renewable subsidies ‘hits 85%’

Around 85% of the UK general public support renewable energy subsidies. That’s according to a new survey from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), which shows the same proportion of people also back subsidies […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Around 85% of the UK general public support renewable energy subsidies.

That’s according to a new survey from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), which shows the same proportion of people also back subsidies for energy waste reduction projects.

Although support is high for wind and solar, only 30% think gas and nuclear power should be subsidised and only 19% back financial support for coal.

The poll also reveals growing support for the government’s commitment to phase out coal-fired power stations – 65% of the public want to see an end to coal use, up from 58% in 2015.

Only a fifth want coal use to continue at its current rate and 42% said either wind or solar would be the best forms of generation to replace it.

Lord Adair Turner, Chair of the Energy Transitions Commission, said: “Many new energy technologies need support to get up and running and Britons clearly want support to continue for these clean technologies.

“As wind and solar have become cheaper, the level of financial support needed has been falling fast. As this trend continues, so we begin to reap the rewards of earlier investment, in the form of lower wholesale electricity prices.”

A growing majority of UK citizens say human-caused climate change is happening.