Public positive for wind development

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A third of respondents to a recent poll by the Norwegian Gallup Institute believe that future energy needs should be met by wind power, reported Norwegian national newspaper Aftenposten on May 20. The 33% vote of confidence in wind power compares with 21% favouring further hydro power development and 22% supporting the construction of new gas fired power stations. The last two options are equally controversial and have been the subject of much political in-fighting in Norway in recent months. "Don't-know" answers from respondents totalled 15%. For the past three years Norway has consumed more electricity than its power industry has produced: last year's respective figures were 120 TWh consumed and 116.7 TWh produced. The annual rate of increase in consumption over the past ten years has been 1.4%. Shortfalls have been made up by imports-approved by only 3% in the poll. Gallup interprets this as suggesting that "Norwegian consumers perceive power from abroad as less environment-friendly." The government has set a target for wind power of 2-3% of annual energy needs by 2010.

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