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Milestone-Nomination:Pearl Street Station

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Docket Number: 2010-06

Proposal Link: http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Milestone-Proposal:Pearl_Street_Station


In the space below the line, please enter your proposed citation in English, with title and text. Text absolutely limited to 70 words; 60 is preferable for aesthetic reasons. NOTE: The IEEE History Committee shall have final determination on the wording of the citation

THE PEARL STREET GENERATING STATION, 1882

Thomas Alva Edison established the Edison Electric Illuminating Company of New York, now Consolidated Edison, to commercialize his 1879 incandescent lamp invention. On 4 September 1882, Edison’s direct current (dc) generating station at 257 Pearl Street, began supplying electricity to customers in the First District, a one-quarter square mile (0.65 square km) area. This installation was the forerunner of all central electric generating stations.

The milestone plaque may be viewed at the ConEdison headquarters building at 4 Irving Place, New York, NY.




Please also include references and full citations, and include supporting material in an electronic format (GIF, JPEG, PNG, PDF, DOC) which can be made available on the IEEE History Center’s Web site to historians, scholars, students, and interested members of the public. All supporting materials must be in English, or if not in English, accompanied by an English translation. If you are including images or photographs as part of the supporting material, it is necessary that you list the copyright owner.

In the space below the line, please describe the historic significance of this work: its importance to the evolution of electrical and computer engineering and science and its importance to regional/national/international development.

Please see the detailed article by Carl Sulzberger attached below.

There is an article on the IEEE Global History Network on the Pearl Street Station [Pearl Street Station|http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Pearl_Street_Station]


What features or characteristics set this work apart from similar achievements?


Please attach a letter in English, or with English translation, from the site owner giving permission to place IEEE milestone plaque on the property.

The letter is necessary in order to process your nomination form. Click the Attachments tab to upload your letter. Pearl Street Plaque Wording.doc

Media:Edison and Pearl Street, Text, 031410.pdf‎

Media:Con Ed Approval.PDF‎