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July 18, 2014

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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://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1955-57v20/d47

http://www.nei.org/Knowledge-Center/Nuclear-Statistics/US-Nuclear-Power-Plants

http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=BP_2011_00A1&prodType=table

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/pdf/2012_econ_advance_report.pdf NAICS 221113


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