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There is Energy in the Wind!


The graph below shows real-time data for the Hayes Middle School wind turbine (hopefully
youve noticed it in front of our school). Study the graph and other information, and then
answer the questions that follow.

1. What range of dates is represented on this graph? _____________ to _______________


2. Using the graph, determine which dates produced the energy production totals
listed below:
Energy Production (kWh)
Less than 1 kWh

Date(s):
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1.1 kWh

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More than 3 kWh but less


than 4 kWh

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More than 4 kWh

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3. How many total kilowatt-hours (kWh) of power were generated over the 16 days
represented on the graph? _____________________________
4. How many kilowatt-hours of power has the turbine generated since it was
installed? ______________________
5. How many pounds of Carbon Dioxide have been prevented from entering the
atmosphere as a result of the turbine? _______________________________
6. If the average electricity consumption in a Michigan household is 665 kilowatthours (kWh), and1 kWh costs 14.59 cents, how much does the average Michigan
family spend on electricity each month? Round to the nearest whole dollar. (Hint:
Multiply the average use by the cost per kilowatt-hour and then divide by 100 (since
there are 100 cents in one dollar).

7. Hayes Middle School spends approximately $250 per day for energy (natural gas
and electricity). If a kWh costs 14.59 cents, how many kWh of energy does the
school use in a day? Be careful of the units, make sure to keep dollars and cents
straight. (Hint: Divide the cost per day, by cost of kWh, to find number of kWh)

8. Looking at the amount of energy generated since it was installed, approximately


how many days could the school run on just wind power? (Hint: Look at the answers
from numbers 4 and 7)

9. What could be done to increase the amount of energy generated by the wind
turbine?

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10. Using the diagram to the left, write a paragraph describing where energy
generated by the wind turbine originates from, and its path to your home or school.
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