Fun: Energy Trivia

1. Approximately how many kilometers of transmission lines are there in Ontario?

a. 10,000 km

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b. 20,000 km

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c. 30,000 km

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2. How much power does Ontario get from Niagara Falls?

a. 100%

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b. 50%

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c. 10%

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3. Nuclear power plants need what in order to operate?

a. A cooling system

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b. A constant supply of radioactive fuel

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c. A moderator to slow down neutrons

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d. All the above

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4. Which scientist established the first commercial electric power plant?

a. Michael Faraday

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b. Benjamin Franklin

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c. Nikola Tesla

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d. Thomas Edison

correct Thomas Edison’s Pearl Street Station electrified a one-square-mile (2.6-square-kilometer) area of Lower Manhattan beginning September 4, 1882, providing power to illuminate his new electric light bulbs. The world’s first commercial electric power plant operated until it was destroyed by fire in 1890.

5. What units of measurement do electric utility companies generally use to measure how much power you use?

a. Watts

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b. Kilowatt-hours

correct Electricity use is generally measured in kilowatt-hours, the amount of energy used over time—that’s how the electric company figures your monthly bill.

c. Amperes

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d. Volts

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6. How much of the world’s population has no access to electricity?

a. 5%

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b. 10%

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c. 20%

correct About 1.3 billion people, or 20 percent of the world’s population, are living without any access to electricity in 2012, according to the International Energy Agency.

d. 30%

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7. What is the age of the oldest generating station in Ontario?

Answer

Built in 1898, DeCew Falls 1 is the oldest continually running hydroelectric power generating station in Canada. This plant uses the geographical features of the Niagara Escarpment to produce electricity. DeCew Falls derives its name from John DeCou, one of the pioneer settlers in the district.

In 1896, five Hamilton entrepreneurs, all named John (Dickenson, Gibson, Moodie, Patterson, and Sutherland) formed the Cataract Power Company of Hamilton Ltd., with a plan to generate and transmit electricity 56 km to the city of Hamilton.

On securing the water lease, the company then entered into a contract with the Royal Electric Company of Montreal, dated December 8,1897. This company undertook the electrical engineering and designed the plant.

8. How many coal units has Ontario shut down?

a. 12

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b. 17

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c. 19

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9. Where is the world’s biggest operating nuclear generating station?

a. Dampierre, France

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b. Essenbach, Germany

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c. Kincardine, Ontario

correct The Bruce Nuclear Generating Station is the largest in the world producing. The station produced about 47 TWh of electricity in 2013.

10. True or false: Crockpots don’t save electricity because they run for a long time.

True

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False

correct Slow cookers are great! A typical meal costs an average of 17 cents of energy usage for a family. Get more tips for saving energy in the home.

11. Which of these is NOT named after a person?

a. Watt

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b. Fuse

correct Fuse comes from a latin word meaning “poured” or “melted”

c. Ohm

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d. Ampere

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12. Cobalt-60 is:

a. A shade of blue

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b. A type of car

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c. An isotope of cobalt

correct Nuclear reactors make electricity, but can also make isotopes like Cobalt-60, used to sterilize medical equipment, treat cancer and more.

d. An energy-producing meteorite orbiting Mars

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13. How long did the world’s most durable battery run?

a. 1 year

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b. 10 years

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c. 100 years

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d. 175 years

correct 175 years and still going! The Oxford Electric Bell, powered by one of the 1st electric batteries, was set up in 1840.

14. True or false: A phone charger that’s plugged into an outlet but is not charging a phone is still using electricity.

a. True

correct Phone chargers draw power even when connected to a fully-charged phone, or when plugged in and not in use. Learn more about Phantom Power.

b. False

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15. All of the following use a turbine to generate electricity, except:

a. Nuclear

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b. Natural gas

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c. Solar

correct Photons in sunlight hit the solar panel and get converted into an electric current. See our How Electricity is Made video on emPOWERme.

d. Wind

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16. What was the first place in North America to eliminate coal as a source of electricity?

a. California

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b. Saskatchewan

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c. Ontario

correct In 2014, Ontario was the first place in North America to stop using coal for electricity.

d. Ohio

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