Power Generation! Where does it come from?
As you take a look at the graph/map, you will find that the U.S. has been divided into ten different regions. Your assignment is to answer the following questions using information from the graph/map.
As you look at this graph/map, you will find the primary energy sources that can be converted into electricity. Almost all of these energy sources are used to produce steam which spins the turbines. The exception is in hydroelectric plants which use falling water from dams to spin the turbines.
On the graph/map you will find nuclear plants which use uranium as fuel. There is only so much uranium on the Earth. When it is all used up, there is no more. In a sense, it is just like fossil fuels, when it’s gone, it’s gone. There are several types of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gas (natural gas). There are also renewables. Renewables include mostly hydropower (falling water), but also includes the tiny amounts of electricity produced using wind, solar energy, geothermal, and biomass. Biomass is when a power plant burns scrap wood or even garbage.
Now use this information and answer the following questions.
1. Which region uses the most renewables and what percentage?
2. Which region uses the most nuclear energy and what percentage?
3. Which region uses the most coal and what percentage?
4. Which region uses the most gas and what percentage?
5. Which region uses the most oil and what percentage?
6. Which region uses the most fossil fuels (add them up) and what percentage?
7. Which region uses the least fossil fuels and what percentage?
8. What does our region use the most of and what percentage?
9. Which type of energy does the entire U.S. use the most of and what percentage? (yes, you will have to add them up).
10. What type of energy does the U.S. use the least of?
11. The map below is about 10 years old and no longer accurate. You and your team members should conduct research to find out how much of each type of energy we use today to produce electricity.