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SCE Engineers and the Manhattan Project

In 1943, five Southern California Edison engineers were quietly ordered to work on a special project at California’s Radiation Laboratory. The men were part of a task force that designed the electrical system for an Oak Ridge, Tennessee, plutonium-extraction facility. The facility was a vital component of the Manhattan Project, which built the first atomic bombs, and the team’s secret was revealed in August 1945 by headlines describing the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Installing the Final Penstock Segment at Big Creek

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...
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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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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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