If Transmission is for Renewables, Yes-in-My-Backyard: Poll

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May 8, 2009 Wind Energy Daily

While a majority of Americans oppose new high-voltage transmission lines in their communities, opposition drops precipitously to 17% if those lines are delivering clean, renewable energy from wind, according to a just-released survey from the Saint Consulting Group.

Support for new transmission lines leaps from just 46% to 83% when respondents are asked specifically about high-voltage transmission lines delivering wind power.

Ben Kelahan, energy practice leader at Saint Consulting, said the new results are a clear sign that Americans support cleaner, renewable power to the level that their support has carried over to the distribution of that power through their own backyard.

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