Energy Use In The United States

  • Fuel Coke Discovered

    Fuel Coke Discovered
    Discovered that the roasting process used to make charcoal from wood could be adapted to coal. This resulted in an extremelyhot-burning fuel, named coke.
  • Coal Founded in Richmond, VA.

    Coal Founded in Richmond, VA.
  • Coal Production Begins

    First Commercial coal production begins from mines around Richmone, VA.
  • Electrolysis Discovered

    Electrolysis Discovered
    Scientists discover that applying electric current to water produced hydrogen and oxygen gases. This was called electrolysis.
  • Natural Gas Well

    The first natural gas well is drilled in Fredonia, New York.
  • Windmill Becomes Popular

    Windmill Becomes Popular
    The windmill becomes popular water pumping tool of western homesteaders and railroad builders.
  • Oil Well Drilled

    An oil well is drilled in PA by Edwin Drake; kerosene begins to replace other lamp fuels.
  • Solar Power System Developed

    The first solar power system is developed in France , which produced steam to drive machinery.
  • Ethanol Tax Enabled

    Abraham Lincoln enacts ethanol tax to help finance the Civil War.
  • Standard Oil Developed

    Standard Oil Developed
    John D. Rockefeller forms Standard Oil and develops petroleum as a major energy source in the U.S. Standard Oil eventually becomes a monarchy, causing other oil industries to go out of business and being the sole provider of petroleum oil.
  • First Windmill in U.S.

    The first windmill to generate electricity is developed in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Oil Industry in Texas

    A modern oil industry in Texas is born.
  • Albert Einstein Publishes Paper

    Albert Einstein Publishes Paper
    Albert Einstein publishes the first theoretical paper describing the photoelectric effect.
  • "Free Alcohol Bill" Signed

    The "Free Alcohol Bill" is signed to promote teh use of alcohol as an alternative to gasoline.
  • Standard Oil Trust Ended

    Standard Oil Trust Ended
    The Supreme Court ordered a dissolution of Standard Oil Trust for engaging in monopolistic practices.
  • Geothermal Power Plant

    The world's first geothermal power plant is built in California.
  • Federal Law Established

    A Federal law is established to control pollution from oil industries.
  • Hoover Dam Built

    Hoover Dam Built
    The world's largest hydroelectric power plant is built.
  • Atomic Energy Act Passed

    Atomic Energy Act passed.
  • U.S. Satellite in Orbit Utilizes Sun Power

    The first U.S. satellite in orbit utilized solar cells for power.
  • Santa Barbara Oil Spill

    Santa Barbara Oil Spill draws national attention.
  • Carter's Energy Speech

    President Carter delivers famous energy speech arguing for conservation of aterate fuels.
  • Congree Passes Hydrogen Power Act

    Congress passes act to stimulate development of hydrogen power.
  • FutureGen Built

    FutureGen Built
    Plans announced to build FutureGen, the world's first zero emmision power plant.
  • U.S. House Prevents Drilling Oil

    U.S. House prevents drilling for oil in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Climate Change Noticed

    IPCC report concludes that climate change is happening and is most likely caused by human activity.
  • Coal Ash Spill in Tennessee

    Coal Ash Spill in Tennessee
    The worst coal ash spill in U.S. history occurs in Kingston, Tennessee.
  • Wind Energy Development

    Wind Energy Development
    The first framework for wind energy development on U.S. outer continental shelf is announced.
  • Geothermal Energy Development Plan

    U.S. announces $467 million in recovery act funding for solar energy and geothermal energy development.