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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for September 30: Hydroelectric Power

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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Profile AmericaWednesday, 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, 407 hydroelectric power establishments across the U.S. produce about 7 percent of our electric power. Nationally, between 36 and 39 percent of the more than 4 trillion kilowatt hours of electricity generated is from coal-fired plants, followed by those using natural gas, and nuclear power. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at

Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 3462
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Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). 

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