While reading this post on the excellent Ynni Cymru website, I found out that a poll had been conducted last year about how people thought we should generate electricity in Wales.
The first question was a general question about the place of wind energy.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement. "I support the continuing development of wind power as part of a mix of renewable and conventional forms of electricity generation."
Agree ... 64%
Neutral ... 12%
Disagree ... 21%
The second question asked whether people were generally for, neither for nor against, or generally against the development of different types of large-scale energy projects in their areas.
In general, would you be for or against the development of large-scale projects being built in your local council area involving each of the following energy sources?
Coal ... 38% for ... 23% neutral ... 31% against
Shale Gas ... 24% for ... 20% neutral ... 38% against
Gas (excluding shale gas) ... 42% for ... 25% neutral ... 22% against
Nuclear ... 27% for ... 16% neutral ... 48% against
Oil ... 30% for ... 32% neutral ... 27% against
Wind ... 64% for ... 11% neutral ... 20% against
Solar ... 82% for ... 8% neutral ... 5% against
Hydro ... 82% for ... 9% neutral ... 3% against
Bioenergy ... 56% for ... 18% neutral ... 9% against
The percentages in favour of renewable energy (the bottom four) are all remarkably high. It's interesting to note that, for wind energy, the figures for this second question are virtually identical to the figures for the first question. The first question is a general question, but the second is specifically about large scale development in people's own local area. This suggests that there is not much nimbyism in Wales about wind farms: those who are in favour of wind energy do not object to windfarms in their areas; and those who object to windfarms in their areas object to windfarms per se rather than because they are visible from their back yard.
More people in Wales are against nuclear energy than against any other form of power.
The third question asked people to choose from which one source they would prefer to receive the majority of their electricity.
In general, from which ONE of the following energy sources would you choose to receive the majority of your electricity?
Solar ... 26%
Hydro ... 23%
Wind ... 16%
Bioenergy ... 4%
Total for renewables ... 69%
Nuclear ... 10%
Gas (excluding shale gas) ... 4%
Coal ... 3%
Shale gas ... 1%
Oil ... 1%
Total for non-renewables ... 19%
Other ... 1%
Don't know ... 13%
Finally, there was a question on the impact of windfarms on tourism.
Generally speaking, would the presence of a wind farm affect or not affect your decision of visiting that area?
Would be affected ... 26%
Would not be affected ... 66%
Don't know ... 9%
I think results like these don't need much commentary. Overwhelmingly, we want our energy to be produced from renewable sources rather than from fossil fuels or nuclear. And, with our wealth of renewable resources, Wales is easily able to do this.