Canadians Favour Hydropower, says Industry Survey

A majority of Canadians support more hydropower projects, according to a public opinion survey commissioned by the Canada Hydropower Association.

OTTAWA, Ontario, CA, 2001-11-30 [SolarAccess.com] The Léger Marketing study indicates that 71.8 percent of respondents support the development of hydroelectric facilities to meet growing demand for energy. Support exceeds 85 percent when the question explains that hydro projects could improve the environment by displacing emissions of greenhouse gases from conventional generation plants, or could contribute to stable electricity prices. Eighty-five percent of respondents label hydropower as a renewable source of energy, while almost 60 percent say it is developed with respect for the environment and local communities. More than 1,500 interviews were conducted in August, and Léger Marketing says the margin of error is plus or minus 2.5 percent, 19 times out of 20. The data were weighted to represent age, gender and regional factors. “The objective of our association is to convince all Canadians that hydropower is a clean and renewable source of energy that is developed with respect for the environment and in collaboration with local communities, and that it fosters economic prosperity,” says Pierre Fortin, executive director of the CHA. Founded in 1998, the CHA is dedicated to representing the interests of Canada’s hydroelectric industry.
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