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Texas: Wind and Efficiency - Earth: The Operators' Manual

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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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • This engaging video could be used to kick off a module about wind energy.
  • This video segment that follows this one (segment 10) is also relevant to facilitate a discussion on renewable energy.
  • See: http://earththeoperatorsmanual.com/for_educators for the full program.

About the Content

  • The statement that,"energy efficiency worldwide could reduce demand by fully one third by 2030" is debatable. Some experts say that long-term energy demand actually increases with increased energy efficiency because energy efficient devices have more applications. This is a debated topic, and this New Yorker essay gives a helpful summary.
  • Numbers given are not cited, but scientist Richard Alley is a reputable and well-known leader in climate science.
  • 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.
  • 2016 update: renewable energy is scaling up rapidly. Educators are advised to seek up-to-date information and present current statistics and projections along with this video.
  • Comments from expert scientist: Good overview and outlook. No major problems.

About the Pedagogy

  • The host, Richard Alley, is a well-known climate scientist and models exemplary skills in communicating complex information to a wide audience.
  • 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.
  • Learning activities are suggested, including one that is in the CLEAN collection.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • 508 compliant (closed-captioned text)
  • Technically well done and of high quality
Entered the Collection: January 2013 Last Reviewed: November 2016

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