• Aeolipile Invented

    Hero of alexandria demostrated the principle for a steam engine by using his boiler and rotaing sphere device
  • Steam Turbine Generator

    Steam Turbine Generator
    the steam turbine generator invented by Charles G. Curtis and developed into a practical steam turbine by William Le Roy Emmet is a significant advance in the capacity of steam turbines. Requiring one-tenth the space and weighing one eighth as much as reciprocating engines of comarable output, it generates 5,000 kilowatts and is the most powerful plant in the world.
  • First Solar Collecter

    William J. Bailley of the carnegie stael company invents a solar collector with copper coils and a insulated box.
  • vacuum light bulbs

    vacuum light bulbs
    Irving langmuir of general electric experiments with gas-filled lamp, using nitrogen to reduce evaporation of the tungsten filament, thus raising the temperative of the filament and producing more light. To reduce conduetion of heat by the gas he makes the filament smaller by coiling tungten.
  • Southern California Edison puts into serive a 150,000-volt

    Southern California Edison puts into serive a 150,000-volt
    Southern California Edison puts into service a 150,000-volt line to bring electricity to Los Angeles. Hydroelectric Power is generated along the 233-mile-long aqueduct that brings water from Owens Valley in the eastern Sierra.
  • first long- distance high voltage transmission line

    first long- distance high voltage transmission line
    The first long- distance high- voltage tranmission line is established by american gas& electric (AG&E) an investor- owned utility. The line orginates from he first major steam plant to be built at the mouth of a coal mine, virtually eliminating fuel transportation costs.
  • windmills used to drive generators

    windmills used to drive generators
    windmills with modified airplane propellers marketed by parris- dunn and jacobs wind are used to drive 1 to 3 kilowatt DC generators on farms in the u.s. plains state. At first these provide power for electric lights and power to charges batteries for crystal radio sets, but later they supply electricity for motor- driven washing machines refrigerators freezers and power tools.
  • introduction of bulk- power, utility- scale wind energy conversion systems

    introduction of bulk- power, utility- scale wind energy conversion systems
    The 100-kilowatt Balaclava wind generator on the shores of the Caspian Sea in Russia marks the introduction of bulk-power, utility-scale wind energy conversion systems. This machine operates for about 2 years, generating 200,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity. A few years later, other countries, including Great Britain, the United States, Denmark, Germany, and France, begin experimental large-scale wind plants.
  • tennessee valley

    tennessee valley
    Congress passes legislation establishing the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Today the TVA manages numerous dams, 11 steam turbine power plants, and two nuclear power plants. Altogether these produce 125 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity a year.
  • the first generator at hoover dam

    the first generator at hoover dam
    The first generator at Hoover Dam along the Nevada-Arizona border begins commercial operation. More generators are added through the years, the 17th and last one in 1961.
  • rural electrification administraction

    rural electrification administraction
    President Roosevelt issues an executive order to create the Rural Electrification Administration (REA), which forms cooperatives that bring electricity to millions of rural Americans. Within 6 years the REA has aided the formation of 800 rural electric cooperatives with 350,000 miles of power lines.
  • grand coulee dam

    grand coulee dam
    Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River in Washington State is completed. With 24 turbines, the dam eventually brings electricity to 11 western states and irrigation to more than 500,000 acres of farmland in the Columbia Basin.
  • seven states power grid

    seven states power grid
    The American Electric Power Company (AEP) commissions a 345,000-volt system that interconnects the grids of seven states. The system reduces the cost of transmission by sending power where and when it is needed rather than allowing all plants to work at less than full capacity.
  • nuclear power plant power entire town

    nuclear power plant power entire town
    On July 17, Arco, Idaho, becomes the first town to have all its electrical needs generated by a nuclear power plant. Arco is 20 miles from the Atomic Energy Commission’s National Reactor Testing Station, where Argonne National Laboratory operates BORAX (Boiling Reactor Experiment) III, an experimental nuclear reactor.
  • New York draws power from nuclear power plant

    New York draws power from nuclear power plant
    That same year the Niagara-Mohawk Power Corporation grid in New York draws electricity from a nuclear generation plant, and 3 years later the first large-scale nuclear power plant in the United States comes on line in Shippingport, Pennsylvania. The work of Duquesne Light Company and the Westinghouse Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, this pressurized-water reactor supplies power to Pittsburgh and much of western Pennsylvania.
  • First large geothermal electricity-generating plant

    New Zealand opens the first large geothermal electricity-generating plant driven by steam heated by nonvolcanic hot rocks. The following year electricity is produced from a geothermal source in the United States at the Geysers, near San Francisco, California.
  • France and England connect electrical grids

    France and England connect their electrical grids with a cable submerged in the English Channel. It carries up to 160 megawatts of DC current, allowing the two countries to share power or support each other’s system.
  • First large-scale magnetohydrodynamics plant

    The Soviet Union completes the first large-scale magnetohydrodynamics plant. Based on pioneering efforts in Britain, the plant produces electricity by shooting hot gases through a strong magnetic field.
  • 750,000 volt transmission line developed

    The highest voltage transmission line to date (750,000 volts) is developed by AEP. The same year the Soviet Union completes the Krasnoyansk Dam power station in Siberia, which generates three times more electric power than the Grand Coulee Dam.
  • Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act

    Congress passes the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), which spurs the growth of nonutility unregulated power generation. PURPA mandates that utilities buy power from qualified unregulated generators at the "avoided cost"—the cost the utility would pay to generate the power itself. Qualifying facilities must meet technical standards regarding energy source and efficiency but are exempt from state and federal regulation under the Federal Power Act and the Public Utility Holding Compa
  • California wind farms

    In California more than 17,000 wind machines, ranging in output from 20 to 350 kilowatts, are installed on wind farms. At the height of development, these turbines have a collected rating of more than 1,700 megawatts and produce more than 3 million megawatt-hours of electricity, enough at peak output to power a city of 300,000.
  • solar electric generating stations

    Solar Electric Generating Stations (SEGs) producing as much as 13.8 megawatts are developed in California and sell electricity to the Southern California Edison Company.
  • U.S. bulk power system evolves into three major grids

    The bulk power system in the United States evolves into three major power grids, or interconnections, coordinated by the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC), a voluntary organization formed in 1968. The ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) interconnection is linked to the other two only by certain DC lines.
  • Operational 7.5- kilowatt solar dish prototype system developed

    A joint venture of Sandia National Laboratories and Cummins Power Generation develops an operational 7.5-kilowatt solar dish prototype system using an advanced stretched-membrane concentrator.
  • Energy Policy Act

    The Energy Policy Act establishes a permanent 10 percent investment tax credit for solar and geothermal powergenerating equipment as well as production tax credits for both independent and investor-owned wind projects and biomass plants using dedicated crops.
  • Semiconductor switches enable long-range DC transmission

    By the end of the century, semiconductor switches are enabling the use of long-range DC transmission.