Czechs divided over replacing conventional sources of energy: survey

People ride bicycles on a dike at the island Norderney, Germany, in front of wind turbines, producing renewable energy on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
By Lucie Ctverakova
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Czechs are divided over whether it is possible to replace electricity production from conventional sources with wind and solar energy or biomass combustion, according to a survey conducted by the Public Opinion Research Centre (CVVM).

Roughly half of the respondents, or 47 percent, said that the conventional sources are replaceable, of which 14 percent are definitely convinced of this, and 33 percent are rather convinced. On the contrary, more than two-fifths, or 42 percent, of citizens expressed the opposite opinion in the survey. Of these, 28 percent are convinced that conventional sources are rather irreplaceable, and 14 percent think they are definitely irreplaceable. The remaining 11 percent of respondents are undecided.

People in Moravia and residents of the Hradec Králové region, as well as people who are politically clearly on the left or the center-right, are more skeptical about the possibility of replacing conventional sources with production from renewable sources.

On the contrary, the inhabitants of Bohemia, especially the Central Bohemian and Pilsen regions, are generally more optimistic, the survey showed. The possibility of replacing conventional sources with renewable ones was also supported by respondents who are politically on the right.

Almost three-quarters of respondents are inclined to believe that electricity consumption in the Czech Republic will grow in the future, with 30 percent of respondents being convinced and 43 percent being rather convinced of this. Another 15 percent of respondents believe that electricity consumption will remain at current levels in the future. Six percent of respondents said that electricity consumption would decrease in the future.

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