29 Jan '13, 6pm

French Favour Renewables, but Perceive High Costs

Nine in ten people in France are in favour of renewable energy, a survey published on Thursday in Le Monde’s annual special publication Le Bilan du monde found , largely because of their clean and non-polluting image. Moreover, 63 percent of those surveyed said they think that more renewables will be used than traditional fuels in 50 years’ time. However, only half of those surveyed consider renewable energies to be a cheap energy option and some 68 percent said the biggest obstacle to the development of renewables is their cost. 26 percent said wind farm aesthetics was the biggest hurdle, but 68 percent said they would accept the installation of wind turbines in their district with 45 percent of the 68 percent saying they would also accept turbines in their line of vision. When it comes to wind energy, onshore wind is already competitive with traditional fossil fuels — a ...

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