More than 80 percent of Icelanders support the construction of wind turbines for energy production, as indicated in a recent survey carried out by Capacent Gallup on behalf of Landsvirkjun, the national power company.
Almost 7 percent of respondents were against the construction of wind turbines and 12 percent were undecided, ruv.is reports.
CEO of Landsvirkjun Hörður Arnarson said he is very pleased with the public’s attitude towards wind power. However, no decision has been made on constructing further wind turbines in addition to the two experimental turbines that were erected at Búrfell in December 2012, he added.
“We decided [on Wednesday] to launch collaboration with two Icelandic engineering firms. They are to gather information and assist us in the making of environmental impact assessments and the basic design of a larger wind farm … at Búrfell,” Hörður revealed.
If the development of a wind farm in Iceland proves successful, wind power can become the third pillar of Icelandic energy production alongside hydropower and geothermal, Hörður reasoned.
Since the two experimental wind turbines were started in February 2013, they have produced a total of 3,150 MW hours of electricity, which could provide 1,500 homes with daily electricity consumption for one year.