The kite experiment was used to monitor electricity.
Michael Faraday developed a electric motor.
Samuel Morse invented the telegraph.
Congress constructed a telegraph line.
The line stretched from Washington all the way to Baltimore.
Joseph Swan invented the electric incandescent light bulb.
The Pearl Street Station was opened.
September 4, 1882
Thomas Edison opened the station, which was one of the first electricity‐generating plants.
The FTC launched an investigation on large utility holding companies.
Continuing through the stock market crash of 1929 (which destroyed holding company value), the establishment of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and into Franklin Roosevelt’s presidential campaign.
Congress reorganized the FPC as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
It increased the breadth of its powers, and soon thereafter passed the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act.
The Energy Policy Act was passed.
It helped promote significant growth in gas‐fired, electricity‐generating capacity and marked the beginning of competition in the electric power industry.