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Tennessee Residents Favor Expanded Wind Energy

The Buffalo Mountain Wind Energy Center
by Staff Writers
Chicago (SPX) Jun 12, 2007
A new poll in Tennessee indicates that residents support increased use of wind energy by a 12-to-1 margin, contrary to efforts by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) against wind energy. Sen. Alexander has been a frequent critic of the development of wind energy in the United States.

"This poll clearly indicates the people of Tennessee support wind energy and they see it as a viable way to help the state access energy and reduce pollution," said Karl Eiermann, Plant Manager for the Buffalo Mountain Wind Energy Center located near Oliver Springs, Tennessee. "The residents of Tennessee are saying 'yes' to more wind power."

As of May 2007, the Buffalo Mountain Wind Energy Center had produced 30 months of pollution-free electricity for Tennessee. This electricity, 133 million kilowatt hours, would have otherwise emitted approximately 50 million pounds of carbon if produced by a typical fossil fueled power plant in Tennessee. Carbon emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels are suspected of being the leading contributor to global warming. The Buffalo Mountain Wind Energy Center is owned and operated by Invenergy Wind LLC.

The random poll of 1,047 likely registered voters by Telephone Strategies Group on June 5 and 6 found:

+ 12 times as many residents support wind energy as those who oppose it, with 74.5 % of residents supporting the increased use of wind power in Tennessee (6.2% oppose with 19.3% undecided)

+ 78.7% of respondents are aware that Tennessee ranks near the bottom of states that produce wind energy

+ Among those with an opinion, 82.2% believe wind energy is a viable source of pollution-free electricity in Tennessee

The TSG poll results, which have a 3% margin or error, indicate that Sen. Alexander's positions and actions on wind energy issues run in direct contradiction to the strong views of constituents who support expanded use of wind energy technology in Tennessee.

Telephone Strategies Group is a Midwest-based company with extensive experience with political campaigns, trade associations and corporations. Jaimey Sexton, president of TSG, founded the company in 1998 in Raleigh, NC.

Invenergy Wind LLC is an affiliate of Invenergy LLC, a developer, owner and operator of utility-scale electricity generating facilities including wind energy and natural gas-fired projects. Over the past three years, Invenergy Wind has completed development and construction of a number of wind energy facilities, including projects in the United States and Europe.

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