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Credit: Edison Archives

Installing the Final Penstock Segment at Big Creek

Workers install the final segment of the penstock that delivers water from Huntington Lake reservoir to Big Creek Powerhouse No. 1. When the powerhouse came online in October 1913, the penstock from the reservoir to the waterwheel was the longest and steepest in the world.

Southern California Edison was in the Natural Gas Business

Southern California Edison was in the Natural Gas Business

In the early 1900s, Southern California Edison was in the natural gas utility business. However, electricity was cheaper, cleaner and more efficient than gas at the time. The company began selling its gas properties in 1907. Most of the plants were sold to Southern Counties Gas Company...
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Electric Inventions Make Farm Life Easier

Electric Inventions Make Farm Life Easier

In the 1930s, Southern California Edison was at the forefront of developing programs to make farm life easier, such as installing electric egg hatchers, sterilizing devices and milking machines on farms. Many dairy farmers also installed radios in cow...
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Drought Hits Hydro Generation

Drought Hits Hydro Generation

Southern California Edison relied mostly on hydro generation until the mid-1920s. A severe drought from 1921-24 left the company with inadequate water supply to meet demand. SCE leased private steam plants owned by manufacturing industries such as cement...
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