A new Ipsos Reid poll commissioned by the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) finds that nine in 10 Ontario residents support the production of wind energy in their region of the province for its economic and environmental benefits.
The level of support remains high even when respondents were asked if a wind project's location within their own community would affect their opinion.
The poll found that 89% of Ontario residents either strongly supported or somewhat supported wind energy in their region of Ontario. The poll also revealed that 86% of respondents agreed that their municipal government should encourage and facilitate wind energy development, and 85% said wind energy can provide economic opportunities and benefits.
‘This poll clearly indicates that wind energy enjoys broad support across the province, regardless of where residents live,’ says Robert Hornung, CanWEA president. ‘Those polled clearly believe that wind energy not only brings environmental benefits, but it can also play a vital role in spurring local and regional economic development. There is much to be optimistic about wind's future in the province, and the poll reflects the fact that Ontario citizens believe in the promise of this growing industry.’
SOURCE: Canadian Wind Energy Association