This interactive map provides information on hydroelectric power plants as well as other energy resources and infrastructure in the United States and Puerto Rico.
The map shows the locations of hydroelectric power plants which can be layered with the infrastructure required to process, transport, and store other fuel sources such as coal, oil, natural gas, and uranium.
Layers such as "Pipelines and Transmission" or "Market/Trading Hubs" allow students to visualize the lesser-known elements of energy production.
Students can search for and zoom in on a specific neighborhood.
Layers can be manipulated using the double arrow icon and the layers icon, both of which are located at the top right-hand corner of the screen.
Some of the layers will be unfamiliar to students, so teachers may need to walk the students through the map options.
Geography and social studies classes could discuss why certain regions have more hydroelectric power plants than others. Students could consider geographical, political, and economic reasons for using (or not using) hydroelectric power.
Engineering and physics classes could locate a local hydroelectric power plant (the data points are clickable) and research the plant's water source and location. Classes could discuss the necessary criteria for a hydroelectric plant site.
This interactive map displays the locations of all of the active hydroelectric power plants in operation in the United States and Puerto Rico. Each one is clickable for more information. This resource is recommended for teaching.
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
Dimension 2: Economics
D2.Eco.3.3-5 Identify examples of the variety of resources (human capital, physical capital, and natural resources) that are used to produce goods and services.
Dimension 2: Geography
D2.Geo.11.6-8 Explain how the relationship between the environmental characteristics of places and production of goods influences the spatial patterns of world trade.
D2.Geo.2.3-5 Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions and their environmental characteristics.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
4-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and that their uses affect the environment.
HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
HS-ESS3-6 Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.