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4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
Various sources of energy are used to power human activities .
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- Maps could be printed out and students could work in groups assigned to compare different states' wind capacity.
About the Science
- Areas with annual average wind speeds around 6.5 meters/second and greater, at an 80-m height, are generally considered to have a wind resource suitable for wind development. Using this and related state maps, students can determine where in the U.S. wind energy is a viable resource for electricity generation.
- Comments from expert scientist: The link provides access to wind resource maps for the continental US and some information on how they were created.
About the Pedagogy
- Both the U.S. map and individual state maps can be printed.
- Can be used to discuss electricity transmission.
- Students can see how the U.S. stacks up in utilizing wind resources.
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