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2020 Census Redistricting Data Now Available.

Thursday, 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, some 520 hydroelectric power establishments nationwide produce 7.3 percent of our electric power, but account for 37 percent of the total from renewable resources. Nineteen percent of the more than 4 trillion kilowatt hours of electricity generated is from coal-fired plants, trailing natural gas at 40 percent.

You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.

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