Given the choice of buying wind generated electricity for roughly the same price as electricity from other sources, 47% of Canadians say they would definitely buy wind power and another 35% say they would probably buy it, reveals a national opinion poll organised by the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) and conducted by The Environmental Monitor. Furthermore, asked if they want their provincial electric utility to give priority to wind power, only 15% of the 1500 polled think this should be a minor priority. Fully 35% want utilities to give major priority to more use of wind, and another 45% want it to be a moderate priority. All told, some 72% want utilities to pay more to expand the use of wind power, passing on the costs to all customers. Another 20% of Canadians would be happy to choose the option of having their household supplied by wind energy, even if it meant paying a premium. If their provincial electricity utility offered this green pricing option, 65% say they would be interested in paying more, some 17% say they would definitely pay a little more, while 48% say they would probably do so. Those interested in green pricing are willing to pay an average of $13.70 more per month in addition to a typical $75 bill. Utility Ontario Hydro shared in the opinion poll, which also disclosed that nearly one-half of all Ontario residential, agricultural and commercial customers would very likely choose electricity generated from renewable technologies over traditional sources. Wind and solar are considered the two most environmentally friendly electricity generation options. Ontario Hydro said these and other poll results showed "extraordinary" levels of interest in its proposed new Green$hares programme (Windpower Monthly, November 1995).
Leading business intelligence for the wind community.
- In-depth news, analysis, market insight and trends.
- Join today and get your first 30 days free
In these extreme times, we need creative measures to find answers to pressing challenges – and this community-driven energy initiative is already getting legislative backing…
Tech that has more commonly been used to monitor damage to structures such as bridges is now coming to the fore in the wind industry as a more efficient way to detect blades that have been compromised
No wind farm or operator is the same. That’s why Winergy offers turbine-ready service solutions
Keynote speaker at Blades USA 2022 – David Kaskie, vice president of Products & Systemsdivision, MISTRAS Group – on the importance of getting creative.