US Energy History

  • Coal

    Production of coal for energy source begins comercialy in Richmond, Virginia.
  • Electricty

    Ben Franklin flew a kite with a hey in a lightning storm, allowing it to get struck and starting the research for electricty in America.
  • Coal Lamps

    Coal Lamps
    In 1816, the city of Baltimore used coal as a fuel to lit up their street lamps at night, the very first city in AMerica to do so.
  • Electric Motor

    Electric Motor
    In 1821, Michael Faraday created the very first electric motor, jumpstarting the research on energy.
  • Drilling for Oil

    Drilling for Oil
    Edwin Drake of the Seneca Oil Company becomes the first man to drill for oil in Titusville, Pennsylvania.
  • Hydroelectricty

    The very first Hydroelectric mill opened in Wisconsin creating energy from nothing more than gravity and the power of water.
  • Wind Power

    Wind Power
    Poul La Cour invents and uses the first winmill to produce energy byh harnessing the wind's power.
  • Gasoline Powered

    Gasoline Powered
    In 1908, Henry Ford introduced the very first car, the Ford Model T. This car ran off of either gasoline or ethanol created from corn or grain.
  • Petroleum

    The first modernized petroleum refinery was created in Martinez, California by Shell.
  • LNG

    The first liquification plant for LNG was created commercially in Clevalnd, Ohio.
  • Nuclear Power

    Nuclear Power
    The need for nuclear power leads to its uprising to the second largest energy source in America, replacing that of Hydropower.
  • An Inconvenient Truth

    An Inconvenient Truth
    Al Gore narrates, produces, and writes his own documentary on the outcomes and effects of greenhouse gas emissions. Gore sets forth the idea of Global Warming, seeing a rising temperature in the Earth;s atmosphere.