Plans to build a wind farm in Sheffield are being considered by the city council.
The proposals could see up to 15 turbines erected
The ruling Labour group has started a search for possible locations for up to 15 turbines to generate electricity.
Partnership group Sheffield First for the Environment is to begin a feasibility study into the idea.
Although any such scheme is potentially years away, the council believes it has a responsibility to begin a formal public consultation as soon as possible.
Council leader Jan Wilson believes the city can generate large amounts of energy due to its lofty location bordering the Peak District to the west.
She said: "We have not got very far with the idea yet which is why we are asking people what they think.
"A wind farm seems desirable but the big question is whether the visual impact is such that it would undermine the scheme.
"The turbines are big and there would be mixed opinions about them.
"We want Sheffield First for the Environment to look into this and then spark off a debate."
Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield a number of local residents said the location of a potential wind farm was the key issue.
One shopper said: "Turbines are not very attractive, but if we need power we have got to have them."
Another said: "I have no particular objection, but it just depends where you put them."
A third added: "I would not have a problem if it is an area that is not particularly attractive. I don't want it spoiling the skyline."