Posts Tagged “electricity history”


Investigating the Status of the Coal Industry: the 2016 Winter-Spring Coal Update

Across the board, many market watchers and energy analysts are describing 2015-2016 as the beginning of the end for coal. Over 90% of coal mined in the US goes to power generation, but because of cheap natural gas, there’s less of it being burned and less of it being mined [...]

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Better Know Your Electricity History Series, Part 7: Crisis and Innovation

Better Know Your Electricity History Series, Part 7: Crisis and Innovation

Since the first incandescent light bulb lit up streets in 1879, electricity has been as indispensable a tool as fire. As a science and technology, it leap-frogged humans from the Industrial age to the Electronics Age to the Information age. As an industry, it has played both [...]

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Better Know Your Electricity History Series, Part Six: FERC and the Path to Deregulation

The first incandescent light bulb lit up streets in 1879, but took 50 years for electrical service to enter only a fraction of American homes. Innovation and entrepreneurial genius expanded service across the country — only to be short-circuited in the 1920's and 1930's by [...]

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Better Know Your Electricity History Series, Part Five: Rules and Regulations

[caption id="attachment_16340" align="alignright" width="254"] President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Image courtesty of https://en.wikipedia.org[/caption] Even though the first incandescent light bulb lit up streets in 1879, it took 50 years for electrical service to enter [...]

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Better Know Your Electricity History Series, Part Four: Technology and Utilities

[caption id="attachment_16076" align="alignleft" width="241"] Samuel Insull, inventor of the powerpool grid and entrepreneur. Image courtesy of wikipedia.org.[/caption] When Thomas Edison first lit streets with an incandescent light bulb in 1879, it took 50 years for ele [...]

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Better Know your Electricity History Series, Part Three: Rural Electrification Act

Next up in our Better Know your Electricity series is focusing on the Rural Electrification Act. The Rural Electrification Act was one of the most important parts of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. It was passed by Congress in 1936 to give those in rural Americ [...]

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Better Know Your Electricity History Series, Part Two: The War of Currents

[caption id="attachment_15875" align="alignleft" width="300"] Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and George Westinghouse. Images courtesy Wikipedia[/caption] When Thomas Edison’s successful, long-lasting incandescent light bulb first lit streets in 1879, it took 50 years for [...]

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Introducing the Better Know Your Electricity History Series: Part One – Contentious Inventors

Amid all the wind turbines and electronic gadgets surrounding us now, we often forget that electrical service is only about 85 years old. In spite of Thomas Edison’s invention of a long-lasting (and marketable) incandescent light bulb in 1879, it took nearly 50 years to br [...]

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