Imagine going on a 1,200 mile road trip... On your bike. That's exactly what a UW professor will be doing to highlight wind energy.
James Tinjum leaves Saturday, July 15 for Bike the Wind, a biking tour of Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota that will take him past 17 wind energy sites. Tinjum plans to bike about 75 miles a day, and the journey will take him three weeks.
Electric cooperatives that have taken the plunge into solar energy are the stars of a new website aimed at persuading more co-ops to add solar energy to their mix.
RuralSolarStories.org, produced by the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC), features the tales of three rural electric cooperatives across the Midwest that have responded to customer interest by investing in solar generation. More stories are on the way.
Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin has proposed spending $250,000 to study the health effects of wind turbines.
"All peer-reviewed studies to date indicate using the wind is a safe way to generate electricity, far safer for human health than other forms of electricity production, such as coal," Tyler Huebner, executive director of RENEW Wisconsin, told HuffPost.
In what is being called the first ruling of its kind, a Board of Health in Brown County, Wisconsin, has declared that industrial wind turbines are a health hazard. The owner of the turbines in the area is Duke Energy, who may need to provide refuting evidence.