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'GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR RENEWABLES REMAINS STRONG'

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NOP survey finds 85% public backing for renewable energy...
NOP survey finds 85% public backing for renewable energy

Malcolm Wicks reaffirmed the government's commitment to renewable energy today during a keynote address to the All Energy conference in Aberdeen.

The energy minister also highlighted the positive findings from the first DTI commissioned NOP survey - published today - into public attitudes towards renewables and announced details of£1.2m in grants that have been awarded to 16 separate solar energy projects.

One of which will be part of the Hebridean Isle of Eigg's groundbreaking renewable energy scheme.

Mr Wicks said: 'The prime minister's recent speech to the CBI put renewable energy firmly on the agenda and that is a message I want to re-iterate.

'The government's target is that 10% of the UK's electricity will come from renewable sources by 2010 and this will provide a solid foundation that can be built on in order that they can make an even greater contribution to the mix as we look to bridge any future energy gap.

'To do this we will need more schemes like the Whitelee wind farm which was recently given the green light by the Scottish Executive.

This project will be the largest onshore wind farm in Europe when it is completed and will provide clean energy for 200,000 homes, almost the whole of Glasgow.'

'Interestingly, the NOP survey commissioned by the DTI finds that despite all the hot air and scepticism from certain quarters, 85% of the general public support the use of renewable energy, 81% are in favour of wind power and just over three fifths would be happy to live within 5km of a wind power development.

'But it's not just large scale renewable energy projects that we want to encourage but also more localised generation, such as micro wind turbines, solar panels and combined heat and power biomass boilers. That is why I am pleased to announce details of the successful applicants from the final round of funding under the Major

Photovoltaic Demonstration Programme. The 16 schemes across the UK

will share almost£1.2m to help install solar panels and reduce the carbon emissions from their buildings.

'Funding support for solar and the other types of microgeneration technologies will now continue through the£80m Low Carbon Buildings Programme that was announced in the spring.'

Notes

* DTI Renewable Energy Awareness and Attitudes Research

Background

DTI commissioned GfK NOP Social Research to conduct a quantitative research project to explore awareness and attitudes to renewable energy amongst the general public in Great Britain, and determine influences on their opinions of this subject.

Objectives

The main objective of this research was to provide a measure of awareness and attitudes to renewable energy amongst a representative sample of the British public. More specifically, the research needed to examine the following:

- Awareness levels of renewable energy sources

- Attitudes to renewable energy

- What influenced these opinions

- Gauge perceptions of recent media coverage on renewable energy

Methodology and sample overview

The research was administered by telephone using CATI (Computer Aided Telephone Interviewing) via two different surveys. A telephone omnibus (GfK NOP Telebus) was carried out amongst 1,932 respondents over two consecutive weekends between 17th and 26th March 2006, providing a nationally representative sample of adults aged 16+ in Great Britain. In addition, an ad hoc boost survey of 100 respondents in the Highland & Islands of Scotland was conducted. The ad hoc survey provided a robust sample for analysis of opinions in the Highlands & Islands region. The results from these two surveys were combined and weighted so that the Highlands & Islands boost data are in the correct proportion to Great Britain as a whole (this region accounting for about 0.74% of the total British population aged 16+).

http:www.dti.gov.uk/energy/energy-sources/renewables/What's New/page19600.html

* LCBP - www.lowcarbonbuildings.org.uk

* The 6th All Energy conference - All-Energy is measuring up to its reputation of being bigger and better each year. Following the success of last year's event, which attracted 2,150 attendees and nearly 200 exhibiting companies, the 2006 show - the sixth in the annual series - will be the largest all-renewable energy exhibition ever held in the UK, with a stunning multi-stream conference for you to attend free of charge, an exciting Giant Networking Evening and much more. You simply cannot afford to miss the 'AGM of the renewable and sustainable energy industry'! For more info on visiting the show click here

* Eigg renewable energy scheme - Developed by the island's heritage trust, this£1.6m project will use five wind turbines, a series of micro hydro plants and solar panels to end Eigg's dependence on diesel generators for electricity.

* Details of successful Projects for Round 15 London Palestra House, Blackfriers - London Climate Change Agency Winston Way School - London Borough of Redbridge Porters Avenue Health Centre, Dagenham - Barking and Havering LIFTCo Ashwin Street, Dalston - The Bootstrap Company Regent Street, London - The Crown Estate Avenue Road, Erith - The Mayor & Burgesses of London Borough of Bexley South East The John Wesley Primary School, Singleton, Ashford - Diocesan Board of Education Manor Farm Road, Reading - St James Homes B&Q Warehouse, New Malden South West The Health Centre, Dorchester - Brewery Square Ltd, A Waterhouse Company Westerleigh Business Park - O2 (UK) Limited North East The St Stephen's Development, Ferensway - ING Real Estate, Hull North West Burrowgate, Penrith - Penrith Co-operative Society Bridgeford Street - Manchester University Northern Ireland High Street, Omagh, Co. Tyrone - Omagh Arts Centre

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