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5.8 Energy Timeline - Jacob Massey

  • First Commercial Production of Coal

    First Commercial Production of Coal
    Commercial production of coal begins in the U.S. near Richmond, Virginia.
  • Lightning is Found to Be Electricity

    Lightning is Found to Be Electricity
    Ben Franklin discovers that lightning is electricity. His investigations open the door for the development of electricity.
  • First Electric Motor

    First Electric Motor
    Michael Farady creates the first electric motor.
  • First Oil Drilling

    First Oil Drilling
    Edwin Drake first drills for oil in Titusville, PA and is successful.
  • First Coal-Powered Power Station

    First Coal-Powered Power Station
    Thomas Edison starts the first coal-powered power station in New York City. It supplies electricity for lighting households.
  • First Hydroelectric Power Station

    First Hydroelectric Power Station
    The first hydroelectric power station opens in Wisconsin, creating electricity from the energy of running water.
  • First Successful Car

    First Successful Car
    Henry Ford introduces the first successful car, the Model T. It can run on gasoline or ethanol.
  • First Liquefied Natural Gas Plant

    First Liquefied Natural Gas Plant
    The first liquefied natural gas plant opens in West Virginia.
  • Invention of Photovoltaic Cells

    Invention of Photovoltaic Cells
    Researchers invent the first photovoltaic cells. These solar cells convert energy from the sun into electricity. They are first used by the space program to power satellites.
  • First Commercial Nuclear Powerplant

    First Commercial Nuclear Powerplant
    The first commercial nuclear powerplant goes into service in Shippingport, PA.
  • "The Impact" Electric Car

    "The Impact" Electric Car
    GM introduces “The Impact” – one of the first electric automobiles.
  • Obama Promises to Use Alternate Energies

    Obama Promises to Use Alternate Energies
    Barack Obama becomes the 44th president of the United States. In his inaugural address, President Obama states that "each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet." The President pledges to "harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories."