Evolution of Energy! By mary.reber Jun 29, 1701 Coal is found! Coal has been found in Richmond, Virginia! In the next years, it will be used for generating electricity and steel production all over America. Sep 28, 1769 First steam-engine! James Watt patented the modern-day steam engine, which ran on coal. May 12, 1850 The first windmill Daniel Halladay and John Burnham work to build and sell the Halladay Windmill, designed for the American West. It had an open tower design and thin wooden blades Jun 29, 1859 Oil is first discovered! Oil is found when a homemade rig drilled down 70 feet and came up coated with oil in North western Pennsylvania. Oct 27, 1860 The sun can be used for power! Auguste Mouchout from France was able to convert solar radiation directly into mechanical power Jun 29, 1878 Let there be light! Edison created the first incandesant light bulb! In only twenty years, electricity will begin to replace natural gas for lighting purposes. Sep 15, 1890 UMWA forms The United Mine Workers of America was formed to protect coal mine workers. Apr 4, 1897 The Electron is discovered J. J. Thomson from England discovered the electron. This would later lead to the discovery of Nuclear Energy. Aug 1, 1920 Gasoline demands! 9 million automobiles in the United States make a high demand for oil. Gas stations are opening everywhere. Mar 14, 1979 Wind to Energy! The first wind turbine rated over 1 megawatt began operating! Jan 27, 1981 Rewards for solar energy! California ensures a 25% tax credit for the capital costs of renewable energy systems.