A recent poll, conducted by Oraclepoll Research Ltd. and commissioned by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA), indicates that seven out of 10 Ontarians support green energy initiatives.
Eighty-two percent of those polled in northern Ontario said they support green energy. Data showed that support was highest among younger respondents. Eighty-four percent of those polled between ages 18-34 were in favor of the province's green energy undertakings.
Leading up to Oct. 6's provincial election, energy policy has become a contentious issue. With Ontario on track to eliminating coal-powered generation by 2014, there is much debate as to the source of energy best suited to replace it, according to OSEA.
‘I interpret the polling results to mean that the majority of people in our province understand clean energy produces good jobs and is beneficial to our environment – and that it is worth supporting,’ says Kristopher Stevens, executive director of OSEA.
Tim Hudak, the Ontario Progressive Conservative leader, has campaigned against the Green Energy Act and its feed-in-tariff rates. The poll indicated 57% of those surveyed decided Progressive Conservative supporters were in favor of green energy initiatives.