Researchers at the University of Delaware recently released a statewide survey that reveals Delawareans are in favor of offshore wind power as a future source of energy.
When asked to select from a variety of sources to help the state increase its energy supply, more than 90% of the 949 Delaware residents responding to the survey supported an offshore wind option - even if wind power were to add between $1 and $30 per month to their electric bills. Fewer than 10% voted for an expansion of coal or natural gas power at current prices. In addition, when compared to the Cape Wind project in Massachusetts, researchers found that nearly 78% of Delawareans would approve an identical project if it were located in Delaware, and only 4% would oppose it, with the remainder unsure.
The survey was conducted by a doctoral student at the University of Delaware, along with researchers from the College of Marine and Earth Studies. It was supported by a Green Energy Fund grant from the Delaware Energy Office in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and by the college.