Since the invention of the light bulb, man has worked to harness the power of electricity. It's hard to imagine our modern society without pulsing voltage available at the flip of the switch. Whether it's powering up your computer, lighting your school or heating up your kitchen oven; instant energy is as expected as the sun's rising each morning.
So let's take a journey back and shed light on how Edison's and Brush's inventions in 1879 led to the modern utility industry. This publication is a series about the history of the U.S. electric utility industry through 2003; it was developed by Jeff Hein, a former WAPA substation engineer, as part of his master's thesis research.
Shining light on the utility industry's development, Dec. 5, 2003 (pdf)