Hydroelectric Building and Power Substation. A hydroelectric plant was built 13 miles from Bodie on Green Creek above Bridgeport. In November 1892, the plant was put into operation. News of this engineering breakthrough spread around the world. Keep in mind that the electricity was not brought to Bodie to provide electric light in the homes or on the streets. No, the electricity was brought to Bodie to be used in the Standard Mill to operate electric equipment used in the extraction of gold and silver from ore.