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A public opinion survey by Renewable Energy Systems Ltd has revealed the majority of residents near a proposed wind farm in Montgomeryshire, Wales support the project. Of the almost 700 replies, 48% voted that Mynydd Clogau was a suitable location for a wind farm against 40% expressing outright opposition to the site, while 10% were in favour of wind but unsure of the site

A public opinion survey in Wales has revealed the majority of residents near a proposed wind farm in Montgomeryshire, Wales favour wind energy. Renewable Energy Systems Ltd (RES) canvassed opinions at some 3500 households around its Mynydd Clogau wind farm site near Newtown. In reply to a postal questionnaire, a majority of those who expressed an opinion backed the wind farm. The voting was tight, however. Altogether, 48% voted that Mynydd Clogau was a suitable location for a wind farm. A further 10%, although in favour of harnessing the wind to generate electricity, were unsure about the Mynydd Clogau site. As much as 40% expressed outright opposition to the site.

Nevertheless, Simon Powles of RES expresses his satisfaction with the result. "All households over a wide area around the planned wind farm have been given the chance to tell us their views. Normally you would expect this type of survey to bring out the opponents, but the majority of respondents were both positive to wind energy in general and to our plans in particular."

RES maintains that considering the level of negative press comment and the fuss made by local opposition groups, the result is contrary to what might be expected. From the 3500 questionnaires sent out, RES received nearly 700 replies. This shows a good level of public interest, the company claims.

Just three questions were asked in the survey: are you in favour of utilising our wind resource to produce clean energy? Do you think a well designed wind farm can form an acceptable part of a landscape? Do you think Mynydd Clogau could be a suitable location for a medium sized wind farm of 20 turbines? Nearly half answered YES to all three questions, while overall, nearly 70% favoured using wind to produce clean energy. Only a quarter of responses were NO on all three counts.

RES lodged its application for planning permission for Mynydd Clogau, north of Newtown earlier in the year. However, the local planning authority put it on hold for an unspecified period under directions from the Welsh Office. According to Powles, if the wind farm goes ahead, the company would almost certainly conduct another opinion survey. He is confident that attitudes around the site would reflect trends at other wind farms in the UK where local support increases after they are built. "We would expect the response to be even more favourable," he says.

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