Renewable Energy Myths

It's official: the majority of the British public are in favour of renewable energy sources to provide fuel, electricity and heat.

Just four per cent* of the public say they are opposed to renewable energy, according to the latest Department of Energy and Climate Change tracking of public attitudes (Feb 15). Not the perception you get from mass media, is it? 

Unfortunately, the 4% are more vociferous and public in their opinion, taking up column inches in local press and filling planning officer in-trays.

Furthermore, 81% of the public think renewable energy projects should provide direct benefits to the communities they are located in - we couldn't agree more! In these times of public sector cuts and the reduction in availability of grant funding, we need new ways of generating income for our localities more than ever.

At the moment, a very small fraction of the population are stopping many from benefitting from clean energy and potential income for their community. 

Below is a collection of articles and information in relation to renewable energy myths. 

If you're a supporter, please use these resources to counter any arguments you come across and settle any doubts.  We need you to start speaking up if the sector is to overcome planning barriers and the loud objections of the few.

If you're an opponent, please read these thoroughly and with an open mind whilst considering the next generation, those in fuel poverty and the impacts of climate change. Thank you.

Community Energy: what it is and why I should care

Friends of the Earth have an excellent response to the most common wind power myths.

Solar Power Myths

Myth that Wind Turbines destroy tourism

Hydro Power Myths

Bioenergy Myths

NFU Chief Advisor speaks on the importance of solar to farming household incomes.

Renewable Myths and Truths

New industry-backed survey shows that the UK public think subsidies for wind power are more than 14 times higher than they actually are



*source: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/public-attitudes-tracking-survey-wave-12