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  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

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Wind Power Generation

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  • This resource displays wind power generation data (beginning in 1985) in the form of an interactive chart, a map, and a table. 
  • In this interactive, annual electricity generation from wind is measured in Terawatt-hours (TWh) per year. This includes both onshore and offshore wind sources.
Teaching Tips


  • This interactive provides three different ways for students to explore data (chart, map, and table). Within these formats students can focus in on specific datasets of their choosing.
  • Students may choose to view datasets for the world, one country, or multiple countries.
  • The resource includes links to several additional related graphs for students to explore.
  • An added benefit is that the site explains how the data was collected.

Additional Prerequisites

  • There are multiple layers of data to explore and navigate. Teachers should familiarize themselves with the various capabilities of the interactive and notice the various ways to add and remove datasets to the table, map, and chart. For instance, the chart can be viewed as world data or by individual country data. Similarly, the map view allows for viewing the entire world or by continent. Selecting the "play" arrow will move through the chart/table/map to show how the data has changed over time.
  • Because the interactive provides so many options for viewing the data, students may need to be provided with clear instructions as to which dataset to explore.


  • This interactive could be used in a geography class as students explore the data in conjunction with reviewing parts of the world that experience more windy conditions.
  • As part of a science history lesson, this interactive could be used to explore the technological advancements that may have led to the increase in wind energy in some areas.
  • This interactive also lends itself to exploring ratios and percentages, so it could be used during math lessons.
  • Students or small groups could be assigned a country and explore how the country's data compares to the world data.

Scientist Notes

This resource presents annual electricity generation from wind, measured in Terawatt-hours (TWh) per year. With a variable time span from 1985-2020, the datasets included both onshore and offshore wind sources. Students can explore to understand the relative change in electricity generation from wind. This resource is recommended for teaching.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and 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.
  • Common Core Math Standards (CCSS.MATH)
    • Expressions & Equations (6-8)
      • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.8.EE.B.5 Graph proportional relationships, interpreting the unit rate as the slope of the graph. Compare two different proportional relationships represented in different ways. For example, compare a distance-time graph to a distance-time equation to determine which of two moving objects has greater speed.
    • Statistics & Probability: Making Inferences & Justifying Conclusions (9-12)
      • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSS.IC.B.6 Evaluate reports based on data.
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