Wind farms gain support

Support for wind farms is growing among Scots, according to the latest poll carried out for industry body Scottish Renewables.

Fewer than half the 1,001 people questioned in a YouGov survey agreed that wind turbines are ugly and a blot on the landscape.

In contrast, 78 per cent agreed that wind farms are "necessary so we can produce renewable energy to help us meet current and future energy needs". The figure is up from 74 per cent in 2005.

"These results show that the public are aware of the benefits that clean energy can bring," said Scottish Renewables policy manager Rosie Vetter. The expansion of wind farms has helped to eliminate many of the myths surrounding the technology, she added.

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