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Texas: Wind and Efficiency - Earth: The Operators' Manual
http://earththeoperatorsmanual.com/segment/10

Geoff Haines-Stiles Productions, Earth: Operators' Manual

This engaging video focuses on national and global wind energy potential by specifically highlighting Texas' role as wind energy leader and energy efficiency efforts in Houston, Texas.

Video length: 8:20 min.

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Energy Literacy

Humans transfer and transform energy from the environment into forms useful for human endeavors.
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4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
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Various sources of energy are used to power human activities .
Decisions concerning the use of energy resources are made at many levels.
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5.1 Energy decisions are made at many levels.
Energy decisions are influenced by social factors.
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5.7 Social Factors.
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Energy decisions are influenced by several factors.
One way to manage energy resources is through conservation.
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6.2 Conserving energy.
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Human use of energy.

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Social and economic forces strongly influence which technologies will be developed and used. Which will prevail is affected by many factors, such as personal values, consumer acceptance, patent laws, the availability of risk capital, the federal budget, local and national regulations, media attention, economic competition, and tax incentives.
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Energy from the sun (and the wind and water energy derived from it) is available indefinitely. Because the transfer of energy from these resources is weak and variable, systems are needed to collect and concentrate the energy.
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When selecting fuels, it is important to consider the relative advantages and disadvantages of each fuel.
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About the Science

  • The statement that,"energy efficiency worldwide could reduce demand by fully one third by 2030" is debatable. Long-term energy demand actually increases with increased energy efficiency because energy efficient devices have more applications (Jevon's Paradox: http://www.eoearth.org/article/jevons_paradox).
  • Numbers given are not cited, but it can be assumed that when presented by scientist Richard Alley, they are well researched.
  • Discusses pros and cons of wind energy (emphasizing pros) and the need for continued research into renewables and energy efficient technology.
  • The 2030 energy portfolio proposed is overly ambitious and would require an unlikely build-out of renewable energy infrastructure and technological development.
  • Comments from expert scientist: Good overview and outlook. No major problems.

About the Pedagogy

  • Shows how wind is a potential energy resource in West Texas, which sits at the southern end of the US wind corridor.
  • Talks about how "green energy" translates to economic gains for some stakeholders in communities.
  • An annotated script, learning objectives, vocabulary, and teaching tips are provided.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • 508 compliant (closed-captioned text)
  • Technically well done and of high quality

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