Maybe a little more research will show no real wind resource capable of paying off the investment needed for this project--TVA's wind "park" on the taller mountain above Oak Ridge is only running 22% capacity. The huge heavy noisy turbines will ruin the homesteads, tourism, water (blasting), wildlife, tourism, and real estate values of the area. This isn't an old unoccupied mining site like the Buffalo Mountain "park".
The wind "expert" with the clean energy alliance should rethink who is "throwing away a multi-million opportunity". Iberdrola doesn't need a successful energy-making project--just a project on paper, and they get a 30% cash grant up front from the federal treasury (that's us), and they can get a TVA 'green' power contract for any power sold at several times true value (many of us around here), so they can busy themselves spending the money up front.
When the project fails, so much for those leases the sold-out neighbors are counting on--they'll get re-valued in bankruptcy court, sold to others, or abandoned. It's a tried and true formula for how outsiders ride a development bubble driven by false subsidies, not real value. Efficiency and weatherization stimulus would do more for jobs and greening the region--not this misplaced project.
This needs to be stopped now, as it would save a lot of our money. Spain's Iberdrola can go elsewhere, though it's not likely they can milk any more from Spain's economy. Spain subsidized wind into a huge loss of jobs and a big federal deficit, that's why Iberdrola has targeted the US for "$6 billion of wind projects by 2012" though it's our money they're using. Read George Will's A Quixotic Pursuit: Green Energy Jobs at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/24/AR2009062403012.html