A survey was conducted by Nanos Research on behalf of the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CANWEA) to determine the opinions of Albertans on a ‘wide range of electricity issues, focusing on the largest sources of electricity generation currently operating in Alberta’.
The results show that the majority of Albertans (80%) feel the government is not investing enough in large-scale renewable energy, including wind power. Even more respondents (90%+) somewhat agreed or agreed that renewable energy sources are an imperative part of the future energy mix.
It is interesting to note that women and younger demographics were more positive about renewable energy. Around 85% of the younger than 30 crowd responded that renewables were important for the future of Alberta, while those over 30 made up approximately 71%; and 84% of women said that access to renewables was important to the future, while men made up 73% of the same opinion.
As young couples seem to make up the bulk of Alberta’s demographics, it is no surprise that the majority of the province are in support of renewables like wind energy.
Additionally, thanks to recent reports, like the one by the independent financial advisory, Lazard, it is becoming known that wind energy is already becoming the least expensive form of electricity generation in many parts of the US and the world.
Surveys like this one bring light to the fact that renewables actually have a lot of support from the general population and should be considered more strongly as a viable option for electricity generation.