Physics energy

Energy Use in the U.S.

  • First natural gas well drilled

    First natural gas well drilled
    Lights in the nineteenth century used natural gas so the need for a well was high.
  • Invention of the Lightbulb

    Invention of the Lightbulb
    Thomas Edison invented the electric lightbulb which increased the use of electricity in the U.S. substantially.
  • First Commercial Hydroelectric Plant

    First Commercial Hydroelectric Plant
    The first commercial hydroelectric power plant was in Appleton, Wisconsin.
  • First solar heater patent

    First solar heater patent
    Clarence Kemp received the first commercial patent for a solar water heater and two California executives bought and installed it in one-third of homes in Pasedena by 1897.
  • World's First Flex Fuel Car

    World's First Flex Fuel Car
    Henry Ford's created a Model T that ran on ethanol or gasoline
  • First geothermal plant

    First geothermal plant
    It was another alternative energy source, but i was hard to compete with other low cost energy sources at the time.
  • First commercial nuclear power plant

    First commercial nuclear power plant
    The first commercial nuclear power plant was located in Shippingport, Pennsylvania
  • National Environmental Policy Act

    National Environmental Policy Act
    a law establishing a U.S. policy promoting the enhancement of the environment and finally started to get attention for environmental protection
  • U.S Department of Energy

    U.S Department of Energy
    This department was formed after the oil crisis in 1977 and is responsible for policies regarding energy and safety in handling nuclear material.
  • First wind farm built in California

    First wind farm built in California
    The first wind farm in the U.S.was built in the early 1980s and it produced nearly half of global production(more than 2,220 megawatts of available power.