||Binyamin invented electricity, not the bulb, but here's the timeline....
Thales of Miletus writes about amber becoming charged by rubbing - he was describing what we now call static electricity.
English scientist, William Gilbert first coined the term "electricity" from the Greek word for amber. Gilbert wrote about the electrification of many substances in his "De magnete, magneticisique corporibus". He also first used the terms electric force, magnetic pole, and electric attraction.
Otto von Guericke invented a machine that produced static electricity.
Robert Boyle discovered that electric force could be transmitted through a vacuum and observed attraction and repulsion.
Stephen Gray's discovery of the conduction of electricity.
Charles Francois du Fay discovered that electricity comes in two forms which he called resinous(-)and vitreous(+). Benjamin Franklin and Ebenezer Kinnersley later renamed the two forms as positive and negative.
Georg Von Kleist discovered that electricity was controllable.
Dutch physicist, Pieter van Musschenbroek invented the "Leyden Jar" the first electrical capacitor. Leyden jars store static electricity.
Benjamin Franklin experiments with static charges in the air and theorized about the existence of an electrical fluid that could be composed of particles.
William Watson discharged a Leyden jar through a circuit, that began the comprehension of current and circuit. Henry Cavendish started measuring the conductivity of different materials
Benjamin Franklin invented the lightening rod - he demonstrated lightning was electricity.
Joseph Priestley discovered that electricity followed Newton's inverse-square law of gravity.
Italian physician, Luigi Galvani demonstrated what we now understand to be the electrical basis of nerve impulses when he made frog muscles twitch by jolting them with a spark from an electrostatic machine.
First electric battery invented by Alessandro Volta. Volta proved that electricity could travel over wires.
First energy utility in US founded.
Relationship of electricity and magnetism confirmed by Hans Christian Oersted who observed that electrical currents effected the needle on a compass and Marie Ampere, who discovered that a coil of wires acted like a magnet when a current is passed thorough it.
D. F. Arago invented the electromagnet.
First electric motor (Faraday).
Ohms Law (Georg Simon Ohm) - "conduction law that relates potential, current, and circuit resistance"
Joseph Henry's electromagnetic experiments lead to the concept of electrical inductance. Joseph Henry built one of the first electrical motors.
Principles of electromagnetism induction, generation and transmission discovered (Michael Faraday).
First industrial electric motors.
First fuel cell.
J. P. Joule's law of electrical heating published.
James Clerk Maxwell wrote equations that described the electromagnetic field, and predicted the existence of electromagnetic waves traveling with the speed of light.
Edison Electric Light Co. (US) and American Electric and Illuminating (Canada) founded.
First commercial power station opens in San Francisco, uses Charles Brush generator and arc lights. First commercial arc lighting system installed, Cleveland, Ohio. Thomas Edison demonstrates his incandescent lamp, Menlo Park, New Jersey.
First power system isolated from Edison.
Grand Rapids Michigan: Brush arc light dynamo driven by water turbine used to provide theater and storefront illumination.
Niagra Falls, New York; Brush dynamo, connected to turbine in Quigley's flour mill lights city street lamps.
Edison’s Pearl Street Station.
First hydroelectric station opens (Wisconsin).
Edison introduces "three-wire" transmission system.
Steam turbine invented.
William Stanley develops transformer and Alternating Current electric system. Frank Sprague builds first American transformer and demonstrates use of step up and step down transformers for long distance AC power transmission in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
Westinghouse Electric Company organized.
40 to 50 water powered electric plants reported on line or under construction in the U.S. and Canada.
San Bernadino, California; High Grove Station, first hydroelectric plant in the West.
Rotating field AC alternator invented by Nikola Tesla.
Oregon City Oregon, Willamette Falls station, first AC hydroelectric plant. Single phase power transmitted 13 miles to Portland at 4,000 volts, stepped down to 50 volts for distribution.
1891 60 cycle AC system introduced in U.S.
1892 General Electric Company formed by the merger of Thomson-Houston and Edison General Electric.
Westinghouse demonstrates "universal system" of generation and distribution at Chicago exposition.
Austin, Texas; First dam designed specifically for hydroelectric power built across Colorado River is completed.
Electron discovered by J. J. Thomson.
1900 Highest voltage transmission line 60 Kilovolt.
1902 5-Megawatt turbine for Fisk St. Station (Chicago).
First successful gas turbine (France).
World’s first all turbine station (Chicago).
Shawinigan Water & Power installs world’s largest generator (5,000 Watts) and world’s largest and highest voltage line—136 Km and 50 Kilovolts (to Montreal).
Electric vacuum cleaner.
Electric washing machine.
John Ambrose Fleming invented the diode rectifier vacuum tube.
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; First low head hydro plant with direct connected vertical shaft turbines and generators.
Ilchester, Maryland; Fully submerged hydroelectric plant built inside Ambursen Dam.
Lee De Forest invented the electric amplifier.
First pumped storage plant (Switzerland).
Ernest R. Rutherford measured the distribution of an electric charge within the atom.
Air conditioning. R. D. Johnson invents differential surge tank and Johnson hydrostatic penstock valve.
Robert Millikan measured the electric charge on a single electron.
Hydracone draft tube patented by W. M. White.
First U.S. station to only burn pulverized coal.
Federal Power Commission (FPC).
Connecticut Valley Power Exchange (CONVEX) starts, pioneering interconnection between utilities.
1928 Construction of Boulder Dam begins.
Federal Trade Commission begins investigation of holding companies.
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) established.
Public Utility Holding Company Act.
Federal Power Act.
Securities and Exchange Commission.
Bonneville Power Administration.
First night baseball game in major leagues.
1936 Highest steam temperature reaches 900 degrees Fahrenheit vs. 600 degrees Fahrenheit in early 1920s.
287 Kilovolt line runs 266 miles to Boulder (Hoover) Dam.
Rural Electrification Act.
First 345 Kilovolt transmission line.
First nuclear power station ordered.
First high voltage direct current (HVDC) line (20 megawatts/1900 Kilovolts, 96 Km).
Atomic Energy Act of 1954 allows private ownership of nuclear reactors.
Clean Air Act.
North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) formed.
National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formed.
Water and Environmental Quality Act.
Clean Air Act of 1970.
Clean Water Act of 1972.
Brown’s Ferry nuclear accident.
New York City blackout.
Department of Energy (DOE) formed.
Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) passed, ends utility monopoly over generation.
Power Plant and Industrial Fuel Use Act limits use of natural gas in electric generation (repealed 1987).
Three Mile Island nuclear accident.
1980 First U.S. windfarm.
Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act establishes regional regulation and planning.
PURPA ruled unconstitutional by Federal judge.
U.S. Supreme Court upholds legality of PURPA in FERC v. Mississippi (456 US 742).
Annapolis, N.S., tidal power plant—first of its kind in North America (Canada).
Citizens Power, first power marketer, goes into business.
Chernobyl nuclear accident (USSR).
Clean Air Act amendments mandate additional pollution controls.
National Energy Policy Act.
ISO New England begins operation (first ISO).
New England Electric sells power plants (first major plant divestiture).
1998 California opens market and ISO.
Scottish Power (UK) to buy Pacificorp, first foreign takeover of US utility. National (UK) Grid then announces purchase of New England Electric System.
1999 Electricity marketed on Internet.
FERC issues Order 2000, promoting regional transmission.
NEG (National Environmental Group), in its boldest initiative to date, recommends the use of Waste To Energy facilities to reuse all waste through its energy, across the whole world..... replacing over 10% of fossil fuel processing.