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Author

EIA

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Physics, Geography, Engineering

Resource Type

  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey

Format

PDF

Electricity Energy Infrastructure and Resources Interactive Map

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Synopsis
  • This interactive map from the United States Energy Information Administration features electricity infrastructure and resources in the United States, including different types of power plants, pipelines, and transmission lines. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The legend and information presented are simple to understand. 
  • It differentiates the various types of power plants including battery storage, biomass, coal, geothermal, hydroelectric, natural gas, nuclear, petroleum, pumped storage, solar, and wind.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The map can be overwhelming if all the layers are viewed at once, so students can toggle items off using the legend on the right.
  • There are two different base maps (road map and satellite) that can be changed by clicking on the bottom right corner of the map.
  • Students can capture images using the icon on the bottom left.

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Scientist Notes
This resource is an interactive map of the United States showing the existing electricity infrastructure, including electricity generation plants and the electrical grid. This resource is easy to use and the interactive legend is easily understood. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-2. Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • SS.Geog1.b.m Interpret patterns in a variety of maps, charts, and graphs to display geographic information (contour, cartogram, population, natural resource, historical maps) and explain relationships among them.
      • SS.Geog1.b.h Interpret maps and images (e.g., political, physical, relief, thematic, virtual, electronic) to analyze geographic problems and changes over time.
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