British Columbia residents want more wind development in their province, according to a recent Oracle Research poll commissioned by the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA).
Seventy-six percent of British Columbians strongly agree or agree that wind energy should be further developed as a source of clean electricity, according to the poll, which was conducted Sept. 26 – 27. The poll also found that 84% of British Columbians want the province to produce enough power to meet the needs of residents without importing energy.
‘As the province faces the challenge of a rapidly increasing energy demand and the imperative to slash greenhouse-gas emissions (GHG) while maintaining low energy cost, wind energy's ability to meet these and other challenges find strong support among British Columbians,’ says Robert Hornung, president of CanWEA.
According to the poll, 55% of residents think it is equally important that new electricity generation come with reduced impacts to land, water and wilderness, create zero net GHG emissions, and be low in cost.
Results of the poll were announced during CanWEA's annual conference, which is being held in Vancouver through Oct. 6.