The Halladay Windmill allowed water to be pumped with the power if the wind, while changing with the direction of the wind. The windmill was invented by Daniel Hallaway and proved to be useful in drier climates, such as out West.
First Commercial Oil Well
August 27, 1859 - 1860
The petroleum well was dug in TItusville, Pennsylvania. The well was built by Erwin Drake.
Rockefeller Expands Standard Oil Co.
1870 - 1871
John D. Rockefeller bought out smaller companies in order to expand Standard Oil Company, establishing petroleum as a significant energy source in the United States.
First Hydroelectric Power Plant Opens
September 30, 1882 - 1883
The Appleton Edison Light Company was on Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin, initiated by H.J. Rogers.
First Windmill to Produce Energy in US
1888 - 1889
Created by Charles Brush, the windmill was built in Cleveland, OH. The windmill was 60 foot tall.
First Geothermal Heating System
1892 - 1893
The system was built in Boise, Idaho and produced energy for the surrounding district. It was the first in the world.
Oil Pollution Control Act
1924 - 1925
The United States government attempted to lower the contamination of water and pollution of waterways. Although largely unsuccessful, the Act marked a conscious acknowledgement of the seriousness of the issue.
Commercial Wind Turbines First Sold
1927 - 1928
Jacobs Wind Turbines were developed by Marcellus and Joe Jacobs in order to generate energy on rural farms.
Hoover Dam is Built
1935 - 1936
The dam is the world's largest hydroelectric power plant. Construction begun in 1931.
First Nuclear Reactor for Energy Production
December 1951 - December 1952
Experimental Breeder Reactor-I was a test to display the potential of nuclear energy through the lighting of four lightbulbs.