Survey Finds New Yorkers Want Renewables

A recent survey by Public Policy Polling found that most New York residents support the increased use of renewable energy over other energy sources and would be willing to pay more each month to support it. According to the poll, 87 percent of respondents support the expanded use of alternative energy, and 84 percent say it is important for New York to meet its goal of getting 30 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2015. Another 84 percent say it is important for that renewable energy to come from sources within the state rather than purchasing the power from alternative sources in other states.

New Yorkers also support alternative energy over traditional sources, the survey found. Almost three quarters of those polled would prefer to build clean energy projects rather than new fossil fuel plants. While the wording of the question was a bit leading, 68 percent say New York should invest in renewable energy rather than “bail out” coal plants from bankrupted power companies.

Finally, New York residents stated that they would be willing to pay more on their electricity bills each month if it meant getting that electricity from renewable sources. Close to three quarters of respondents said they would be willing to pay more, while nearly half would pay $1 or more each month.

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