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Lots of public support in Galicia
1 April 2000
A survey carried out in Spain's hotbed of wind development, the northern region of Galicia, has found that 56% of residents believe it is better to have a wind farm within their district than not to have one. In areas where wind plant are already up and running this figure shoots up to 78%. In Galicia, the better wind power is known, the more widely it is accepted. This is not always the case in other Spanish regions. The study was commissioned by Galicia's wind association. The region has just under 500 MW of wind capacity. Asked which type of electricity generating technology they would like nearby, 41% of respondents pick wind and 30% solar. Both fossil fuel and nuclear receive less than 1% of votes. While 53% believe wind farms have no significant negative impact, nearly 10% think the opposite. On public relations, 57% living close to wind plant consider themselves to be uninformed about it and 39% slightly informed. Only 10% feel well informed and just over 1% feel very well informed. More than 67% of 25-34-year-olds believe wind power should be supported as a future form of energy. This figure goes down gradually with age to reach 29% for those 65 or older. The survey was carried out by the Instituto de Comunicaci—n e Investigaciones Sociol—gicas (INCIS), an independent firm. INCIS conducted 1182 interviews: 780 in homes, 491 by telephone in areas with wind plant and 11 with public officials and non government organisations.
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