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  • The Term "Electricity"

    The Term "Electricity"
    The word "Electricity" was coined from the word "Elektron" by a man named William Gilbert (from England). Gilbert wrote about the eletrification of many substances. "Electric Force," "Magnetic Pole," and "Electric Attraction" were also coined by him.
  • Samuel Morey - First Use of Ethanol

    Samuel Morey - First Use of Ethanol
    Samuel Morey developed an engine that ran on ethanol and turpentine.
  • Oil (Petroleum)

    Oil (Petroleum)
    Oil was first discovered when a homemade rig near Titusville in northwestern Pennsylvania drilled down 70 feet and came up coated with oil. This rig was owned by "Colonel" Edwin L. Drake.
  • Solar Energy

    Solar Energy
    Solar radiation was able to be directly converted into mechanical power by a mathematics instructor, Auguste Mouchout, from France.
  • Hydropower

    Street lamps in the city of Niagara Falls were powered by hydropower.
  • Coal

    Coal was discovered near Richmond, Virgina.
  • Geothermal Energy

    Geothermal Energy
    Larderello in Tuscany, Italy, was (and is still) the home to the first dry steam geothermal power plant. It is still in use today, powering about 1 million households.
  • Nuclear Energy

    Nuclear Energy
    For the first time, nuclear energy generrated more electricity than oil in the U.S.
  • Natural Gas Usage

    Natural Gas Usage
    About 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas were reported as being used for vehicles.
  • Wind Energy

    Wind Energy
    U.S. wind power produced enough electricity, on average, to power the equivalent of over 2.5 million homes.