Saskatchewan Public Opinion on Generation Options
There has been precious little research undertaken into public perceptions, within Saskatchewan, regarding different generation options. That changed, in part, in May (2015) when the Canadian Wind Energy Association commissioned an opinion poll, completed by Oracle Research, that surveyed Saskatchewan residents’ opinion on wind energy in the province. The survey is available in full on CanWEA's web site but two charts are of particular note.
In response to the question "In your opinion, which of the following technologies should be given highest priority for Saskatchewan?"; more than half of respondants favored wind energy. Only 3 percent named coal with carbon capture.
In response to "Do you think the Government of Saskatchewan has done too much, enough or not enough, to develop renewable energy like wind in the province?" fully 75 percent felt that not enough has been done.
..and for those thinking that the respondents were solely left-leaning NDP & Green Party supporters - they weren't. The overwhelming majority of those surveyed (60.8 percent) stated that they intend to vote for the SaskParty at the next election.
One might claim, because this poll was commissioned by the Canadian Wind Energy Association, that the questions were biased towards obtaining answers favorable to wind energy. While that may be true - it's unlikely.
The findings of this survey are consistent with those conducted globally on the same subject. In fact support for wind energy in Saskatchewan is significantly less than typically seen elsewhere. This is likely due to the expensive, multi-year, misinformation campaign waged by SaskPower against wind and solar energy.
Other surveys have consistently found that 75 to 80 percent of the public want to see more of their electricity generated from renewable sources. Rather than including multiple links to those various surveys - we have included only one to a 10-year survey carried out by the MIT Energy Initiative and the Harvard University Center on the Environment.