History of Hydroelectric Dams

Events

1878 - First Hydroelectric Dam Built in Northumberland, England

1878

1882 - First Dam Built to Serve Commercial Customers in Wisconsin

1882

1891 - First Three-Phase Hydroelectric System Created in Germany

1891

1895 - The Edward Dean Adams Power Plant Created at Niagara Falls

1895

1895 - Australia Opens the First Public Owned Power Plant in the Southern Hemisphere

1895

1912 - First Dam in Mainland China, The Shilongba Plan

1912

1936 - Hoover Dam Built - USA

1936

1942 - Grand Coulee Dam Built - USA

1942

1984 - Itaipu Dam Opened In Between Brazil and Paraguay

1984

2008 - Largest Dam in the World Opened - Three Gorges Dam in China

2008

2011 - 80% of Brazil's Power comes from Hydropower

2011

2012 - Brazil Becomes The Seventh Largest Country by GDP largely due to Electricity from Hydropower

2012