2019-05-19

Germany: A power plant in your neighborhood?

[Survey of public opinion] Germans, who would accept a power plant close to their home.

According to a 2017 survey conducted by Kantar Emnid for the German Renewable Energies Agency among 1,016 respondents, 95 percent of the Germans support further expanding renewable energy. Almost two-thirds of the interviewees agree to renewable power plants close to their homes. The support increases further if respondents already had experience with such plants in their neighborhood. With solar farms it increases from 72 to 94%, with wind power from 57 to 69% and with biogas from 39 to 56%.

Approval of fossil-fired and nuclear power plants

The acceptance of fossil-fired and nuclear power plants is significantly lower. But even with fossil fuels, the number of advocates increases with the experience. For gas-fired power plants the acceptance increases from 20 to 50% and with coal from 5 to 14%. On the other hand, if the respondents had previous experience with nuclear power, the agreement decreases from 6 to 5%.

Why Germans support the Energiewende

The most important advantages of renewable energies are seen in their contribution to a secure future [:75%] and protection of the climate [:72%].

For the yearly representative survey, Kantar Emnid polled 1,016 people.

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