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Hydroelectric Power

September 30, 2014

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Profile America — Tuesday, September 30th. On this date in 1882, the world's first hydroelectric power plant began operating on the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin. Inspired by Thomas Edison, a man named H.F. Rogers built the facility using a water wheel to power the lights in the Appleton Paper and Pulp Company, a nearby building, and his home. Soon, hydroelectric power plants were spurring industrial growth in many parts of the country. Today, water-generated electricity accounts for around 6.75 percent of power in the U.S., coming from 384 hydroelectric power establishments. Nationally, 39 percent of the more than 4 trillion kilowatt hours of electricity generated is from coal-fired plants, followed by those using natural gas, and nuclear power. Profile America is in its 17th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 3462

http://www.indiana.edu/~sierra/papers/2010/dietrick.html

http://www.americaslibrary.gov/jb/gilded/jb_gilded_hydro_2.html

http://www.eia.gov/energy_in_brief/article/renewable_electricity.cfm

http://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/monthly/pdf/sec7_5.pdf

http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=BP_2012_00A1&prodType=table NAICS 221111


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