Big majority of people in NSW support renewable energy

Virtually all respondents (99%) said they had heard of solar and wind.

A new survey commissioned by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage has found communities across New South Wales are big fans of renewable energy.

An overwhelming 91% of the 2000 people surveyed across NSW said they support the use of renewables to generate electricity.

The survey also found 81% support wind farms; 83% believed that NSW should produce more electricity from renewables and 80% believe renewable energy provides both environmental and economic benefits.

Virtually all respondents (99%) said they had heard of solar and wind and knew “a lot” or “a moderate amount” about solar power (74%) and wind power (57%).

But awareness of other renewable energy technologies was lower, with awareness of hydroelectric power at 31%, bioenergy 3% and geothermal power 9%.

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