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Profile America — Friday, July 18th. On this date in 1955 in West Milton, New York, a species of turning swords into plowshares was realized. That was when the Atomic Energy Commission sold electric power from a General Electric nuclear reactor to the Niagara-Mohawk Power Corporation for civilian distribution. Some 10,000 kilowatts were supplied from the reactor, which was a prototype for the one used in the submarine USS Seawolf. Last year, 789 billion kilowatt hours were generated at nuclear plants -- about 19.5 percent of the nation's total electricity. There are 142 nuclear power generating facilities in the U.S., employing over 50,000 workers in America's $522 billion a year utilities sector. You can find current data on the country's economy by downloading the America's Economy mobile app at <www.census.gov/mobile>.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts 3548
http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/pdf/2012_econ_advance_report.pdf NAICS 221113