Study finds 85% of Brits want more renewable energy usage

Tuesday, April 24th 2012
85% of Brits 'want more renewable energy usage'
British consumers are keen to see increased use of green energy sources.

The government has been urged to encourage the use of clean British energy by a new survey conducted by Friends of the Earth.

According to the environmental campaign group, 85 per cent of consumers want to see the coalition increase the usage of renewable British fuel and decrease the country's reliance on imported gas, which is leading to higher bills.

At present, just 9.5 per cent of the UK's energy comes from renewable sources.

Two-thirds of respondents would like to see greater usage of wind, sun and the sea to generate energy, while only two per cent backed increased use of gas.

Dragons' Den star Deborah Meaden commented: "David Cameron needs to say 'I'm in' to clean British energy, opening up a multibillion-pound opportunity for British businesses."

The study was published in the same week that the Renewable Energy Association claimed the UK's green energy industry will support 400,000 jobs by 2020 if the government hits its target of generating 15 per cent of power with these sources.