Over 80% of North Carolina voters support renewable energy initiatives, according to a recent poll released by the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA).
83% of respondents agreed that state and elected officials in North Carolina should seek more alternative or renewable energy sources. Of those who agreed with that statement, the support for solar power was overwhelming, at 88%. The poll was conducted by Fallon Research, who surveyed over 800 North Carolina registered voters.
Democrats and Independents were more likely to support renewable energy, at 89% and 82% respectively. Republicans weren’t too far behind, at 76%.
70% of respondents said the cost of energy and power has increased over the past two years, though they differ as to why they believe that to be true. 36% of people felt gas companies were increasing prices for profit gain, while 21% said they thought it was due to market inflation; still another 15% felt increased costs of fuel production and costs were to blame. Only 6% said it was due to increased use of renewable energy.
“People are obviously concerned about their rising energy and fuel bills, and they also overwhelmingly want our state to increase the use of clean energy,” says Ivan Urlaub, executive director of the NCSEA. “Because of clean energy policies that voters clearly support, the cost of clean energy has come down enough that customers are beginning to see more stability in their energy bills.”