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Wind Powering America
http://www.windpoweringamerica.gov/wind_maps.asp

NREL, AWS TruePower, U.S. Department of Energy

This visualization is a utility-scale, land-based, 80-meter wind map. It states, utilities, and wind energy developers use to locate and quantify the wind resource, identifying potentially windy sites within a fairly large region and determining a potential site's economic and technical viability.

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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 .

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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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Industry, transportation, urban development, agriculture, and most other human activities are closely tied to the amount and kind of energy available. People in different parts of the world have different amounts and kinds of energy resources to use and use them for different purposes.
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • 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.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Very easy to access maps and supporting materials in a variety of ways.

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