Uzina electrica, Piața Romanilor nr. 11
"The electric lighting company was built after many difficulties and experiments and put into operation in October 1884. At the end of 1892 it was decided the purchase of the Power Plant, and on January 1 1893 The plant passed into city administration. Since 1902, the Power Plant has provided free public lighting, and since 1910 it has used the power of water in turbines, the three turbines producing 80% of the electricity needed."
The electric lighting enterprise was built after many difficulties and experiments and put into operation in October 1884. At the end of 1892, it was decided to buy the Power Plant for 260,000 crowns, and on January 1, 1893, the Power Plant passed into city administration.
Private persons have been supplied with electricity since 1888, and trams since 1904, for this purpose being built three transformers for the production of 440 kW.
Since 1902, the Power Plant has provided free public lighting, which for the city budget meant a saving of about 200,000 crowns. In addition to public lighting, the plant met the electricity needs of important local consumers, including Tram, Slaughterhouse, and other larger industrial enterprises.
Since 1910, the Power Plant has used the power of water in turbines, thus saving a large amount of coal, the three turbines producing 80% of the electricity needed.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, the staff of the Power Plant consisted of a director, 32 officials, and day laborers, to which are added, 100 workers. Staff costs during the peace years amounted to 100,000 crowns.
At the end of 1917, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the takeover of the power plant in the city administration, the director Heinrich Billing submitted to the magistrate a report which showed an extremely interesting statistical situation: compared to 1893, when the number of consumers was 435, with a total of 526.7 kW delivered, after 25 years there were 8728 consumers with a total of 9863 kW delivered; initially there were 7 engines with 9.5 hp, and after a quarter of a century there were 967 engines in operation with 5206 hp; at the beginning, there were nine dynamos with a power of 416 kW, so that after two decades to be in use two steam dynamos of 1987 kW, to which are added the turbine generators with a production of 3255 kW, in total a production power of over 5000 kW.
Under these conditions, the gross income of the Power Plant has increased eight times in the 25 years of the city administration, although the plant has provided all this time free electricity for lighting the theater, public schools, offices, and city institutions.
Josef Geml, Vechea Timișoară în ultima jumătate de secol 1870-1920, Editura Cosmopolitan Art, Timișoara, 2016, pp. 92, 205-207.
How to say, I did primary school where the Jean Louis Calderon school is now, there was the Normal School for Teachers, which was later turned into a party school. There they had an application school, a primary school where future teachers applied their knowledge. Teaching practice. Exactly. This was the application school and was said to be the best in town. I was a colleague with many ... Have you heard of Decebal Anastasescu? No... So you moved... We moved to the area of the school I'm telling you about. This was my aunt's house in Oraviţa. We rented there until my father bought the house in the Memorandum, and in '36 we moved there. But I started primary school at the age of 6, in '34, and I was on School Street. I was walking on foot because it wasn't far from the Brewery. That smell of malt entered my nostrils. It was a ravine, so to speak, that flowed from the Power Plant to Bega and crossed a bridge in the People's Park. It was condensed water, it seems, but Bega Veche passed by. They used the riverbed, laid some pipes, and drained the water from the plant. Has there always been a park there? Yes, Regina Maria Park was called in my childhood. One of the pictures I gave for the archive "The Third Europe" is made in Regina Maria Park. It was a typical picture for that time, taken by traveling photographers, with that camera on a tripod and a cover on top.
Traian Constantin Novac, born in 1928 in Timişoara - excerpt from the interview recorded by Antonia Komlosi in Timișoara in 2004, Archive of Oral History and Cultural Anthropology, coordinated by Smaranda Vultur.