A positive view of living close to wind farms

20.06.2007 08.00 | pressrelease

Nearly three out of four people living close to major wind power facilities have a positive opinion of their local wind farm, according to the results of an opinion poll conducted by Statkraft in three regions with wind power facilities.

Statkraft asked inhabitants in the Smøla, Hitra and Lebesby regions for their opinion of their local wind farms and wind power. 72 percent of those surveyed stated they had a positive opinion of their local wind farm, while 12 percent viewed the facility in a negative light. At the same time 70 percent of respondents said that they were in favour of building more wind power facilities in Norway, while 18 percent were against further expansion.

“These are heartening results for Statkraft, which is Norway’s largest producer of pure energy from wind power. The people who are directly affected by wind turbines have confirmed that wind farms can be developed together with the local community. This is good news bearing in mind that the construction of more wind power represents part of the solution to the world’s largest environmental problem, namely climate change,” remarked Head of Information Torbjørn Steen.

The survey also asked people living close to the wind turbines to give their opinion on a number of topical statements on wind power, with the results revealing among other things that 72 percent of those surveyed believed that their local wind farm was something to be proud of. Half of those surveyed viewed the wind farm as a tourist attraction, while 31 percent believed the wind turbines had destroyed the local landscape.

The survey was conducted by Synovate MMI in June 2007. 429 people were interviewed.

The Statkraft Group is a leading player in Europe within renewable energy. The Group generates hydropower, wind power and district heating and constructs gas power plants in Norway and Germany. Statkraft is a major player on the European energy exchanges. In Norway the company supplies electricity and heat to around 600,000 customers through its shareholdings in other companies. In 2006 Statkraft recorded a profit after tax of NOK 6.3 billion, and employed more than 2,100 employees in eight countries. The world needs pure energy. Statkraft works to deliver this every day.