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Windmill company reconsidering farm along top of Lookout Mountain

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.

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.

The area is rural, but it includes $500,000 and $1 million homes, Winters said he told Iberdrola representative Skip Brennan, who over the phone had extolled to the commissioners the national importance of wind and alternative energy.

"We said we aren't against the benefits of wind power. It's the scope of this plan on Lookout Mountain. This is not a good fit," Winters said. "He doesn't realize the area he's looking at. Wind farms don't go along with that quality of life."

Brennan declined to comment to the newspaper after the telephone... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

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.

The area is rural, but it includes $500,000 and $1 million homes, Winters said he told Iberdrola representative Skip Brennan, who over the phone had extolled to the commissioners the national importance of wind and alternative energy.

"We said we aren't against the benefits of wind power. It's the scope of this plan on Lookout Mountain. This is not a good fit," Winters said. "He doesn't realize the area he's looking at. Wind farms don't go along with that quality of life."

Brennan declined to comment to the newspaper after the telephone conversation with commissioners, referring the call instead to Copleman.

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.

"We both can reiterate that we are urging folks not to sign leases until more information is available."

Heiskell was traveling after the telephone call and could not be reached for comment.


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OCT 2 2010
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