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Missoula to consider allowing urban windmills

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- The Missoula City Council plans to consider an ordinance allowing urban windmills to be built within city limits to generate power for individual households.

City Councilman Bob Jaffe tells the Missoulian that new technologies allow wind generators to produce power at lower wind speeds, and with wind in an urban landscape coming from different directions because of obstacles.

The most recent draft of the ordinance limits the height of wind turbines to no taller than heights allowed in the zoning district.

City officials say residents who want a taller wind turbine would have to get a special use permit.

Objections to allowing wind turbines include the argument that they can ruin the view for entire neighborhoods while benefiting only one family.

The city council will consider the ordinance today.