Republicans and conservative independents in Ohio strongly support the development of renewable energy, according to findings from a new poll conducted by a GOP polling firm. Among the findings from the survey of 400 Ohio voters:
- 82 percent of conservative voters want utilities to be required to provide efficiency programs that help consumers save money.
- 87 percent want utilities to continue crediting customers with solar panels for excess power they generate.
- 72 percent would advise candidates to support energy efficiency and renewable energy policies.
- A majority opposes utility efforts to scrap renewable energy requirements.
- And 79 percent oppose fees to prop up old coal and nuclear power plants.
- Public Opinion Strategies, a Colorado-based polling company widely used by GOP candidates, talked to 400 registered Ohio Republican voters earlier this month, including some independents who said they voted for Mitt Romney in 2012.