10 Key Energy Events in the United States

By hhl0110
  • The First Windmill Manufactured in the United States

    The First Windmill Manufactured in the United States
    Wind power has been developed since the invention of the first windmill but there always must be a beginning. The first windmill manufactured in the United States was developed in a Connecticut machine shop by Daniel Halladay. The windmill pumped water onto farms for crops and animals and also helped with railroad expansion for steam-engines. The picture here depicts the first automatic turbine built by Charles F. in 1887. Visit my source:
    http://www.thirdplanetwind.com/energy/history.aspx
  • The World's First Hydroelectric Powerplant Started Operation

    The World's First Hydroelectric Powerplant Started Operation
    The creation of hydroelectricity took a leap forward at the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin. On September 30, 1882 the later named Appleton Edison Light Company, was put into operation by Appleton paper manufacturer H.J. Rogers. The inspiration for this world changing power plant was from Thomas Edison's plans to create an energy production facility within New York. The picture shows the power plant in action! Visit my source:
    http://www.americaslibrary.gov/jb/gilded/jb_gilded_hydro_1.html
  • The World's First Geothermal District Heating System

    The World's First Geothermal District Heating System
    In Boise, Idaho, heat from hot springs was spread throughout town buildings. To this day the energy is still being used and produced by many people. To be exact, 5 million square feet of homes, government buildings, and industrial facilities use this renewable energy. For 70 years no one followed in the footsteps of Idaho but to this day 17 district heating systems have been developed around the world. Visit my source:
    http://alternativeenergy.procon.org/view.timeline.php?timelineID=000015
  • The World's Largest Hydroelectric Dam is Built

    The World's Largest Hydroelectric Dam is Built
    Developed from the world's first hydroelectric dam to the world's largest: Hoover Dam. Hoover Dam was built on the Colorado River in Arizonia starting in 1931 and completed in 1935. The Hoover Dam held the title as the largest hydroelectric dam until 1948. This dam still has the capacity to produce 2,080 megawatts of power. Visit my sources:
    http://alternativeenergy.procon.org/view.timeline.php?timelineID=000015
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_hydroelectric_power_stations
  • The United States Department of Energy is Created

    The United States Department of Energy is Created
    In 1977, with energy issues on the rise, in the United States President Carter signed the Department of Energy Organization Act initiating the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. Department of Energy looks over economic, national, and energy security of the United States. This picture depicts President Carter signing the Act on August 4, 1977. Visit my source:
    http://alternativeenergy.procon.org/view.timeline.php?timelineID=000015
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/factsheet_department_energy/
  • The World's First Solar Powered Village

    The World's First Solar Powered Village
    In Tohono O'odham Reservation in Schuchuli, Arizona, NASA's Lewis Research Center developed the world's first solar-power village. The power the Sun provided fueled energy and pumped water to 15 homes until 1983 when the power reached the village as well. Engineers hooked the village up to the solar powered system and began pumping water from a communal water well. This picture shows the engineers at work. Visit my source:
    http://alternativeenergy.procon.org/view.timeline.php?timelineID=000015
  • The World's First Wind Farm

    The World's First Wind Farm
    On Crotched Mountain in New Hampshire, the United States developed the world's first wind farm consisting of 20 wind turbines which produce a total of 30 kilowatts of power each. Though a great idea, it failed. The turbines broke numerous times and the developer hadn't realized the source of wind in this location wasn't great. The company that developed these turbines developed more without much success. Visit my source:
    http://alternativeenergy.procon.org/view.timeline.php?timelineID=000015
  • The World's First Commercial Biomass Power Station

    The World's First Commercial Biomass Power Station
    Have you ever thought that plants could you give you the ability to turn on a light or start the dish washer? Well here in Los Angeles, California near Lake Charles is the world's first commercial biomass power station. Fueled by rice husks, this biomass power plant called Agrilectric has the ability to create 12 megawatts of power, equal to 3,600 gallons of gas! Visit my source:
    http://www.industcards.com/biomass-usa-other.htm
    https://www.quora.com/How-much-is-a-megawatt-in-concrete-terms
  • The World's Largest Solar Thermal Facility Was Commissioned

    The World's Largest Solar Thermal Facility Was Commissioned
    The Sun now not only provides plants food but also gives us energy. The world's largest solar thermal facility was commissioned in Kramer Junction, California. Rows and rows of mirrors sucked in the Sun's energy and converted it to steam so that it could power a turbine to generate energy. This picture depicts the rows of solar panels at work. Visit my sources:
    https://www1.eere.energy.gov/solar/pdfs/solar_timeline.pdf
  • Mr. President Releases His Climate Action Plan

    Mr. President Releases His Climate Action Plan
    On June 25, 2013 President Obama gave a speech on climate control including a call for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase carbon pollution standards for power plants across the United States. Also, President Obama asked for a higher usage of renewable energy resources on public lands and by the Department of Defense (highest energy user in the U.S.). Visit my source:
    http://alternativeenergy.procon.org/view.timeline.php?timelineID=000015