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Landmark wind farm in south east

America's largest public power provider will soon test a green power program to include electricity from a small wind farm, a landmark because it would be the first in the south east of the US. Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), of Chattanooga, serves eight million customers in eight states.

It will test market the program in the spring and expects to offer the option to all customers by 2003, if the test is successful. The three generating technologies to be used are wind, solar and landfill gas.

TVA's initial plan for a small wind farm at Lookout Mountain in Georgia, however, was dealt a blow by Nimbyism. Local opposition to a proposed project of three 660 kW Vestas turbines focussed on possible noise and visual impacts, according to Tennessee newspapers. Even so, TVA and its contractor, EnXco of Palm Springs in California, hope to announce a new site for the wind plant early this year.

When TVA announced that its plans for Lookout Mountain had been cancelled, the public utility received offers from several land-owners and farmers interested in providing a site. By spring, TVA says it plans to obtain 3-6 MW of electricity from renewables to sell at a premium of $2 to $10 a month.

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