USA’s energy needs and sources have transformed over the past century. Here’s a look back at the history of energy in this country, and a sneak peek at the future. (Spoiler alert: It’s exciting!)
The very first commercial power plant in the U.S. was Pearl Street Station, located in Manhattan.
Pearl Street Station began operations on September 4, 1882, just a few months after the world’s first power station began operations in London, UK.
Initially, the coal-fired station served 82 customers and 400 lamps.
Only a few weeks later, on September 30th, 1882, the world’s first commercial hydroelectric power plant began operations in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Vulcan Street Station had an initial capacity of 12.5 KW. It served a small number of commercial and residential buildings.
The first fully operational commercial nuclear power station was Unit 1 of Dresden Station in Illinois. It started up on July 4, 1960 with an initial capacity of 192MW.
While Unit 1 is no longer in use, Dresden Station is still up and running to this day.
The first commercial solar generation facility, Arco Solar at Lugo, was built in Hesperia, CA. It became operational in late 1982.
The facility, which was built and owned by the oil and gas company Arco, had a capacity of 1 MW.
It is now decommissioned.
The future is now.
OhmConnect is building North America’s largest distributed clean power plant, which links together hundreds of thousands of homes in California to save more than 550 Megawatts of power -- making the power grid more resilient to fires, heat waves and the effects of climate change.
The future is looking bright!