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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 or the Southern California Gas Company, which merged in 1970 under the Southern California Gas Company name, and continues to deliver gas to residential and commercial customers in the region today.

Kern River Transmission Line Breaks Records

Kern River Transmission Line Breaks Records

In 1907, the Kern River 75-kV transmission line was constructed to bring electricity from the Kern River Hydro Plant to Southern California. It was the highest voltage transmission line in the nation at the time, and gained attention for being the first...
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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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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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