Biking the Wind Touring Wind Farms in the Upper Midwest

Jim Tinjum practices what he preaches.

As a teacher of energy engineering and sustainability, Tinjum works to reduce his environmental impact.

He often bikes between 50 and 100 miles a week, though he currently bikes 150 miles per week to train for his upcoming three-week tour around sections of the upper Midwest.

Tinjum will bike a total of 1,250 miles in three weeks to visit wind energy sites in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.

For an interactive map of Tinjum's tour around Wisconsin visit:

Find every wind farm in the United States here:

Tinjum will embark on this journey as an effort to bring visibility and raise awareness about wind energy, especially in Wisconsin.

Wind [energy] in Wisconsin is well behind the advances and capacities of neighboring states–Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, even Michigan–all have capacity ranging from higher than us to an order of magnitude higher than Wisconsin.

James Tinjum, PhD

Associate professor | Department of Engineering Professional Development | UW-Madison

Indeed, as reported by Wisconsin Public Radio, Iowa, Michigan and Indiana have dedicated resources to develop their renewable energy capacity, thus adding thousands of megawatts of wind power in recent years, while Wisconsin has gained just 17.

Tinjum’s purpose is not only to bring attention to Wisconsin’s slow embrace of wind energy, but also to highlight the successful energy sites in the Badger State.

An avid biker, Tinjum thought of combining his passion for energy sustainability with cycling, and that’s how his Bike the Wind tour came about. However, he has bigger plans for the future.

The Wisconsin Energy Institute | Madison, WI

"In a sabbatical year, I am planning a Seattle-to-Madison," Tinjum concluded.

Department of Engineering Professional Development

For more information on UW-Madison's alternative energy courses visit:

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Alberto Orellana-Campos


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