Wind power gains public popularity

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An independent YouGov survey, commissioned by Scottish Renewables, shows that seven in ten Scottish adults support wind power development.

It would seem that wind power is becoming more popular with the public, although not necessarily those who live in the Lammermuirs where they are surrounded by hundreds of large wind turbines. In February 2013 64% of adults were in favour of wind power as part of the country’s energy mix, and that figure jumped to 71% in February 2015.

Joss Blamire, senior policy manager at Scottish Renewables, said: “These poll results highlight once again that not only do the vast majority of Scots support wind power, but the number who do is actually increasing.

“The wind energy sector is thriving in Scotland, providing jobs, investment and helping to tackle climate change – and these figures show it’s doing all of this with the Scottish public right behind it.

“We are often told by a vocal minority of objectors that Scots don’t like wind power, but this poll shows there is absolutely no evidence to support this.”

Support for wind power was highest among young Scots, 81% of those aged 18-24 back the technology. Support was lowest among those aged 55+ (65% support).