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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Detroit Edison: 1910

Detroit Edison: 1910

Circa 1910. "Edison Electric plant (Detroit Edison Company), Detroit, Michigan." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
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3kW Again

I did a little research on the Delray plant. The article I found stated the plant was originally designed to output 6000kW and that it would provide all the expected power needs for 20 years. Sort of like the guy that said 30 or so years ago that he couldn't understand why anyone would ever need more than 16K of RAM in a PC.

Delray II opened in 1906 with another 14kW output.

Oops

Good catch, Mark P. A million (100,000) thanks.

3kW?

If this is true this massive plant wouldn't power three hair dryers. Maybe 3000kW? Even this doesn't seem like enough for all that hardware.

Delray Power Station?

I believe that this is Delray Power Station. The first two 3kW units went on line in 1904, probably serviced by the large central stack. Two more units were added the following year, as Detroit Edison tried to keep pace with the huge increase in power demand.

 
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