UW-Madison professor stops in La Crosse, talks wind energy

Professor pedals over 1,000 miles

One University of Wisconsin-Madison professor is touring the Midwest on his bike to promote wind energy.

James Tinjum has traveled over 1,000 miles across Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota since beginning his tour two weeks ago.

Along the way, he’s toured nearly 50 wind farms in an effort to promote wind energy in Wisconsin.

On Sunday, Timjum made a stop in La Crosse.

He said the reason he decided to tour the Midwest was because he believes Wisconsin is falling behind on wind production.

“We have only about 2.6 percent of our energy being met with in state wind resources. Compared to Iowa, it’s almost about 34 percent, and in Minnesota it’s a little bit above 20 percent,” Tinjum said. “It’s clean, it’s reliable, economical and it’s renewable, so what’s not to love?”

Tinjum is almost done with his journey.

He plans to make one more stop in Cashton before heading back to Madison.