A new poll by YouGov’s Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) has found that MPs are overestimating public opposition to onshore wind farms.

The survey accused politicians of being unaware of the low cost of wind energy and its popularity with the public.

Only 8% of MPs knew wind was the cheapest form of energy, with 12% believing nuclear was cheaper.

Just 9% of elected members think public opposition to wind farms is below 5%, with more than half believing opposition to be running at above 20%.

‘Damaging myth’

Richard Black, Director of the ECIU, said: “It’s somewhat alarming to find that MPs don’t know the facts on onshore wind, particularly how popular it is with the public – 75% backing in the Government’s most recent survey, and rising.

“With just 2% of Britons expressing strong opposition, the myth that onshore wind is unpopular or divisive should now be put to bed once and for all.

“It’s a damaging myth, because investing in onshore wind is likely to reduce energy bills – so this is really something that MPs and anyone else who professes to care about energy bills should be getting their heads around.”

> See the survey results