Denied the chance to speak at an anti-wind farm meeting last week, a spokeswoman with the American Wind Energy Association said many comments made there "do not match the realities that I know."

Susan Williams Sloan, communications specialist with the AWEA, called the evening a "frustrating experience" because she was unable to "present the other side."

"Wind is more cost effective as opposed to natural gas," Sloan said. "Studies show wind power has already saved Texas consumers $476 million. Wind power has done a lot for Texas in economic development, electric cost savings and creating new jobs. It's important for people to hear all of the facts."

She said last Thursday’s presentation "was not balanced."

Event speakers said white-tailed deer herds will not be able to tolerate the stress of wind turbines and the herds will leave the area when they are disturbed.

However, Sloan said the industry has a 10-year track record of working with wildlife organizations when a problem is identified. She also said if deer populations are so sensitive "it's all of us not just the wind industry," sighting a problem mentioned with road construction crews disturbing a deer herd.

One critic said living next to a wind farm was like living next to an airport, but Sloan said she had been involved with many wind farms and did not understand a comment of that nature.

"I've been to many wind farms and I have never experienced that," Sloan said. "In certain conditions maybe you could hear something but by and large they sound like a refrigerator running."

Other opponents feel that wind farms could put property values in a downward spiral.

Sloan said there has been no evidence that land values go down when wind farms go in.

"The few studies done say they're kind of a wash, but a new study is being done now," Sloan said.

Sloan encourages concerned persons to research what wind farms have already done for Texas and how they can benefit.

Sloan suggests www.ifnotwind.org for further research for those interested.