Posted: October 25, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

Scroll down and read the entire entry to see what is expected of you and return to the top when you are ready to go!  This assignment should be fun, but I expect GREAT things from you.

Follow directions carefully to be successful in your report to the City Commission (also known as Mr. McCullough). Keep in mind that you have two lab periods in which to complete this assignment, so make sure you use your time wisely! You may also work on this assignment outside of class…as long as you turn in the required work by the beginning of class on Friday.

The Task

Your task is to research and determine which of the four sources of alternative energy you believe would be the most feasible in Kalamazoo County and to prepare a report for the City Commission.  Your report may be in written in poster format, or Powerpoint but you must answer all parts of the study to receive credit.

*** All references must be cited.

The Process ***

Step 1 :

Write a brief summary of the four proposed types of alternative energy.  Include at least 2 pros and cons for each type.  Make sure it is double spaced. 20 pts

Step 2:

Identify, in paragraph form, which of the four you feel is the most appropriate for Kalamazoo County and why.

(Paragraph is a minimum of 5-7 sentences)

10 pts

Step 3:

Propose a location for the plant.  Include the reasons why you feel this is an appropriate location and include maps for reference.


10 pts

Step 4:

Identify the chemical or physical changes involved in the energy production of your plant (trace how energy is transferred from one form to another).  Visuals highly encouraged.

EXAMPLE – How does wind become electricity?

10 pts

Step 5:

Answer one of  the Critical Thinking Questions on the Conclusion Page in a minimum of 1 page. Extra Credit(10pts)
*** Site all references!!!

 Resources (to get started)

General Renewable Energy Sources Sites Hydroelectric
Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology EREN – Hydropower 
US Department of Energy – Clean Energy Basics Power Matters: Hydroelectric Power
Rezachek & Associates Energy and Environmental Resources Facts About Hydropower
Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources NREL – Hydroelectric Power
Energy Topics A to Z Hydroelectric Power
Learning about Renewable Energy
Solar Biomass
Alternative Fuels Data Center: Solar American Bioenergy Association
EREN – Solar Energy Waste-to-Energy Plants
Solar Electric Power Association American Ref-fuel
American Solar Energy Society Biomass Energy Research Association
Solar Energy Industries Association National Biofuels Program
Wind Energy Barlow Projects: Waste to Energy Solutions
Wind Technology
National Wind Technology Center
Wind Power Monthly News Magazine
Wind Power in Iowa
Guided Tour on Wind Energy

Conclusion – Critical Thinking Questions

Choose one of the following questions.


Do you think that the Kalamazoo/United States should invest in one/several renewable, alternative  energy sources?  Why or why not?


If the United States did develop an efficient alternative energy source, how do you think that it would effect the governments interest in the conflicts of the Middle East?

*** All references must be cited.
  1. Vika Pashby says:

    this looks hard!

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