Coal!Coal was dicovered in Virginia and put to use for energy by burning.
Ben FranklinBen Franklin tied a key to a kite string during a
thunderstorm and proved that static electricity and lightning
were the same thing.
WoodWood was the primary fuel for heating and cooking in
homes and businesses, and was used for steam in
industries, trains, and boats.
ElectricityThomas Edison founded the Edison Electric Light Co. in
New York City. He bought a number of patents related to
electric lighting and began experiments to develop a
practical, long-lasting light bulb.
HydroelectricityAlmost one-third of the electricity in the U.S. came from
OilOil started to become very important in the mid 1950's for gasoline in cars and other uses, and we have been dependant on it ever since.
Nuclear PowerThe focus for nuclear energy was harnesing this power in a controled fashion through reliable nuclear power plants.
Wind EnergyA spike in iol prices raised interest in wind energy and "wind farms" began to become more popular.
Solar PowerDue to high oil prices, peopkle took more interest in solar power and over one million homes had some form of solar energy installed.
BiomassBiomass energy generated 1.8 billion dollars in revenue and employed 66,000 workers. Today 14% of the world still utilizes biomass energy.