The public embraced the combination of zero nuclear power by 2030 along with strong commitments to energy conservation and renewable energy. PDF
For the first time, the central government introduced Deliberative Polling® to better reflect public opinion in compiling basic policies for nuclear power and other energy sources. The public opinions expressed will be used in deciding basic energy policies.
Participants wanted to see almost a quarter of the state’s electricity come from hydro, about 18% come from wind, and a bit under 15% come from solar, wood, and nuclear, in that order. They wanted almost none of it, however, to come from oil or, especially, coal. PDF
The Deliberative Poll questioned an initial random sample of Vermonters, recruited them to spend a weekend deliberating the issues of how Vermont should meet its future electricity needs, and then questioned them again at the conclusion of the weekend sessions. The results addressed a large number of policy issues: for example, what reliance should be placed on energy efficiency and on energy from various sources like wind, nuclear, and hydro in meeting Vermont’s future electricity needs
When customers were asked about factors to consider in the generation and delivery of electric power, environmental factors generally ranked higher than economic factors. PDF
Technical Report: Listening to Customers: How Deliberative Polling® Helped Build 1,000 MW of New Renewable Energy Projects in Texas
Taken together, renewables and efficiency are clearly preferred by most customers after the event, while coal, natural gas, and power purchases are less preferred. PDF
Robert Luskin, James S. Fishkin and Dennis Plane PDF