1. What causes or creates wind?

2. Using the Wind Resource Maps provide answers to the following questions:
a. Identify the land-based locations in the US best suited as utility-scale wind resources (80-meter). Record the range of wind speeds.
b. Investigate the community scale (50-meter data) wind power classification for locations near Boise. Record the wind resource potential rating and wind speed

3. Is it affordable? Include a discussion of infrastructure required to make it mainstream.

4. Is it reliable? Could it be used as a base-load source? If not, explain why.

5. Is it considered clean? Compare emissions to those generated by coal or natural gas powered plants.

6. Energy storage – what methods have been investigated particularly with regard to wind energy?

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1) Wind results from the movement of molecules in the air from a region of high pressure to a region of low pressure. This can be considered as the high pressure regions expanding. The patterns of wind along the surface of the Earth are molded in part by the Earth’s rotation and also in part by temperature differentials caused by non-uniform heating of the surface.


A) The best region for 80 meter wind resources is a north-south track of land running from western Texas through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota. Wind speeds here range between 7.5 meters per second up to 10 meters per second.

B) The 50 meter wind power classification near Boise is not promising. The rating is between marginal and fair which corresponds to wind temperatures between 5.5 and 7.0 meters per second....
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