renewable energy 1

Instructions

The purpose of this assessment is to evaluate alternative energy sources and to understand that there are positives and negatives to the alternatives.

To begin this assessment, research a specific renewable source of energy. Then, in a 3–4-page report, outline the pros and cons of this method of energy production. To build your argument and support your evaluation, address the following:

  • Identify and analyze the economic considerations (such as the cost per kilowatt for large-scale renewable energy source, costs of construction, and so forth) of using this method of energy production.
  • What are the environmental benefits of this energy source?
  • What are the environmental downsides, if any, to this renewable energy technology?
  • Analyze the risks to human health associated with this technology.
  • What conclusions have you reached with regards to this topic, and why?

Demonstration of Proficiency

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

  • Competency 1: Assess basic environmental health principles, theories, and issues.
    • Assess the economic issues associated with renewable energy technology.
  • Competency 2: Analyze the impact of contaminants in the environment to human health.
    • Analyze the risks to human health associated with renewable energy technology.
  • Competency 3: Apply personal and professional decisions based upon an understanding of environmental risks.
    • Illustrate the positives associated with renewable energy technology.
    • Illustrate the negatives associated with renewable energy technology.
  • Competency 4: Communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
    • Write coherently to support a central idea in appropriate format with correct grammar, usage, and mechanics.
    References

    U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). (2014). Energy in brief. Retrieved from http://www.eia.gov/ energy_in_brief/article/major_energy_sources_and_users.cfmNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). (2014). CAFE – Fuel economy. Retrieved from http://www.nhtsa.gov/fuel-economy

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