ICYMI: Answers to the AMP Wind Energy Quiz

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Didn’t get a chance to take our recent wind energy quiz? No problem.

You can still find out what you need to know about wind energy development in our state

1. Based on kilowatts per hour, wind is cheaper than which other source of energy:

  1. Nuclear
  2. Biomass
  3. Coal
  4. Geothermal
  5. All of the above

  6. Answer: e. All of the above. That’s right, wind energy is cheaper than these competing technologies! A 2015 study from the U.S. Department of Energy compared different energy sources’ levelized cost of electricity (LCOE). LCOE looks at the financial outlay of building and operating a generating plant over its expected cycle. Looking at capital costs, fuel costs, fixed and variable operations and maintenance (O&M) costs, and financing costs, wind beats all the others listed!

2. At the typical minimum distance wind turbines are placed from residences, an operating turbine is louder than:

  1. An office
  2. A vacuum cleaner
  3. An air-conditioning unit at 100 feet
  4. A library
  5. A freeway, 50 feet from the pavement’s edge
  6. Answer: d. A library. To a person 300 meters away, an operating turbine generates a sound pressure level of 43 decibels. In comparison to noises we hear every day, a turbine is only louder than the noise levels in a hushed library (40 dB).

3. Which region in Michigan is best for generating wind power?

  1. Michiana
  2. The Thumb
  3. Harbor Country
  4. Metro Detroit
  5. Copper Country
  6. Answer: b. The Thumb. According to energy consulting firm C2HM Hill, the southern shore of Saginaw Bay has the most potential for on-land wind farming.

4. Who sang “Windy,” which reached No. 1 on Billboard’s “Hot 100” in 1967?

  1. The Byrds
  2. Peter, Paul, and Mary
  3. The Association
  4. The Statler Brothers
  5. Strawberry Alarm Clock
  6. Answer: c. The Association. Dig those harmonies!

5. Which county is home to Michigan’s largest wind farm?

  1. Gratiot
  2. Tuscola
  3. Huron
  4. Ottawa
  5. Kent
  6. Answer: a. Gratiot. In June 2012, the Gratiot County Wind Project opened with 133 1.6-megawatt GE wind turbines located on about 33,000 acres of private land. At full capacity, the farm generates enough renewable energy to power more than 50,000 Michigan homes.

6. How can wind energy help rural communities?

  1. Decrease pollution
  2. Create jobs
  3. Increase tax revenue for schools, roads, and more
  4. Help landowners increase value of their property
  5. All of the above

  6. Answer: e. All of the above. OK, so we probably gave this one away—but they’re all true and no other source of energy can claim all these benefits!