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Windmill company reconsidering farm along top of Lookout Mountain  

Iberdrola, a private firm that builds and operates wind and solar alternative energy farms, has been shopping land lease contracts to residents along the brow of the 84-mile-long Lookout Mountain in Georgia's Walker and Chattooga counties for the past few weeks. Copleman had said the firm is contemplating up to 120 wind turbines if tests show the wind is right along the mountain's crest. The turbines normally are 300 feet tall and have two or three 135-foot blades. On Friday, Copleman said the company is surprised at some of the "misconceptions of wind power that we heard about generally." Winters said he and Heiskell didn't hear anything in the telephone conversation that changed their concerns about the initial proposal.

Credit:  By Pam Sohn, The Chattanooga Times Free Press, www.msnbc.msn.com 1 October 2010 ~~

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Iberdrola Renewables may be rethinking its proposal to farm wind along the crest of Lookout Mountain.

“We are constantly evaluating every project we do work on, at every stage of the process, and we are discussing whether it makes sense to pursue this project at this time,” said company spokesman Paul Copleman, citing citizen “misconceptions.”

Jason Winters, Chattooga County commissioner, who with Walker County Commissioner Bebe Heiskell had a first telephone conversation with Iberdrola officials Friday, said he thinks the Spanish company is re-evaluating its plan and never understood the demographics of the mountain brow.

Source:  By Pam Sohn, The Chattanooga Times Free Press, www.msnbc.msn.com 1 October 2010

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