A fresh poll conducted by the University of Bergen (UiB) reveals that 37% of Norwegians see further development of land-based wind power in a favourable light.
In a similar survey last year, the support was at just 30%. High electricity prices are the reason for this development, according to Kristin Guldbrandsen Frøysa, Senior Adviser at UiB.
– Many are experiencing that we need more electricity, and see land-based wind power as a simple way to achieve this, she says.
The survey was conducted during the first half of the summer, with a total of 1002 people responding. Minister of Oil and Energy Terje Aasland (Labour/Ap) sees this development as positive, and adds that a large portion of past opposition was due to a lack of dialogue with neighbours and municipalities.
– We are in a serious energy situation right now. Land-based wind power has been a part of the solution. But this government is keen to include the local population, says Aasland.