Wind Energy: Pros and Cons


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What is the name of the machine that converts the kinetic energy of the wind into mechanical energy?

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1. Which of the following statements is NOT true regarding offshore wind farms?

2. Which of the following is the largest disadvantage of wind energy?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Although wind energy has been harnessed and used since ancient times, over the past several decades it has become one of the chief alternatives to power generated by fossils fuels. This quiz/worksheet combo helps you understand the fundamental characteristics of wind energy, the benefits of this resource, and the reasons why wind power generates vocal opposition.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Technology used to harness wind energy
  • The key advantage of wind energy over fossil fuels
  • Resistance to wind energy based on aesthetics
  • The benefits of wind-generated electricity
  • Water-based wind energy developments

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allows you to test the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding wind energy and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of wind energy to explain the pros and cons of this resource
  • Information recall - access your knowledge on the characteristics of wind energy
  • Making connections - examine how wind energy can decrease the threat of climate change

Additional Learning

To learn more, read the accompanying lesson, Wind Energy: Pros and Cons. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the characteristics of wind energy
  • Explain how wind is converted into electricity
  • List the concerns of opponents to wind energy
  • Explain the economic benefits of wind energy