What does the public really think of renewables?

Posted in: Energy

Posted on: 27.10.2016

**2017 Update**

A government report on 3rd August 2017 showed that not only is public support for renewables still strong, but that support for nuclear and fracking continues to fall, with fracking reaching it's lowest level since the start of the surveys in 2012. The surveys take support as a percentage based on the survey sample size and it was announced as follows:

  • Renewables has 77% public support
  • Nuclear received 35% 
  • Fracking fell to just 16%
Public support for renewables

Did you know that 77% of the UK public support renewables, while just 16% support fracking?

In August, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) released its latest public attitudes tracker, asking UK residents their opinion on various energy topics ranging from bills to fracking.

The surveys, which first began in March 2012, time and again reveal overwhelming public support for renewable energy.

Strong support for renewables

In the past 22 surveys, support for renewables has never dropped below 75%, and the proportion backing solar has always been 80% or higher.

Almost eight in 10 of us agree that renewable energy provides economic benefits to the country, something we’re dedicated to delivering through our Renewables Development Charter.

In comparison, support for nuclear and fracking is consistently overshadowed by renewables, with the latest stats revealing that just 35% and 16% of the UK public support these technologies respectively - both falling since the previous survey. This follows the recent decisions to progress with Hinkley C and the UK's first fracking site.

Good Energy founder and CEO Juliet Davenport was thrilled with the news.


Renewable energy still remains the UK’s favourite form of energy – it’s local, it’s sustainable and it’s pioneering.

Government should listen to public opinion, champion renewable energy and throw its weight behind tackling climate change. What would you rather picnic next to – a wind turbine or a nuclear reactor? I know which one I’d choose.

Record breaking clean power

These figures are a huge boost to renewables, and come at a time when clean sources of generation are continuing to break records.

25% of our power needs now comes from green energy, and it was announced in 2016 that one million UK homes are generating electricity and heat using the power of British sunshine.

With 2017 a year of political change and uncertainty for the renewable energy industry, it is good news like this which demonstrates the progress we are making towards a truly low carbon future.

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