People like Solar and Wind Energy - 18 Feb 2011

According to a new survey from Pike Research, consumer support for renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, is extremely high. The survey of more than 1,000 U.S. adults found that 79% of consumers have a favorable view of solar energy and 75% have a favorable view of wind energy. These were the top two highest ranked areas in a survey that asked consumers about their views on 12 energy and environmental concepts. The percentages of survey respondents The percentages of survey respondents stating that they had either a “very favorable” or “favorable” view for each of the 12 concepts were as follows: 

  • Solar Energy: 79%
  • Wind Energy: 75%
  • Hybrid Vehicles: 64%
  • Electric Cars: 57%
  • Biofuels: 47%
  • Clean Coal: 47%
  • Nuclear Power: 42%
  • Smart Meters: 37%
  • Smart Grid: 37%
  • Carbon Offsets/Credits: 24%
  • LEED Certification: 19%
  • Cap and Trade: 15%

Cap and Trade and Nuclear Power were tied in terms of the largest percentage of “strongly unfavorable” or “somewhat unfavorable” views from survey participants, each with a 19% unfavorable rating, followed by Carbon Offsets/Credits with 18%. 53% of participants said they were unfamiliar with the LEED Certification, the green building certification program administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, the lowest level of familiarity of any of the 12 energy and environment concepts.

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