The Great US Economic Recovery As Seen By Electricity Sales!!!!!!!

For some reason ….. well, because leftards try to pretend leftards can actually do something good economically, we’re constantly bombarded with idiotic babblings about some fictional economic growth in the US. 

What used to be a moderately good economic indicator, the GDP, has become so bastardized that it’s barely related to any real economic activity.  However, there are still some good metrics out there.  One just has to find them.

One really good economic indicator is electricity use.  It’s nice divided into three important sectors; residential, commercial, and industrial.  For those who may be confused about the distinction between commercial and industrial, for commercial think of stores, like grocery stores and retail outlets like Wal Mart.  For the industrial, well, that’s factories and whatnot. 

All of these are economic indicators.  If one has plenty of cash on hand, they don’t mind making it warmer in their homes during winter or cooler during the summer.  Sure, not everyone heats with electric, but, many do, and, as far as I can tell, there’s not any real population wealth distinction between people who heat with gas or electric or some other means.  Nearly everyone cools with electricity.  So, if residential electricity use goes up, then, one of two things have happened …. either there more people with extra money, or things got colder in the winter or hotter in the summer.  NOTE!!!!!  This is for another post, but, worth poking at the climate lunatics.  😉

For commercial and industrial electricity use, obviously the more use, the more they’re doing.  The more they’re doing, the greater economic activity. 

One last note, efficiency plays a factor in electric use.  Therefore, graphs used for such purposes should be shorter term rather than long term.  That is to say, it isn’t appropriate to compare today’s electric use to the use in the 80s.  But, the following graph is about our recent supposed economic recovery, so, barring some great efficiency innovation that I’ve missed, it’s proper to show this information thusly ……

Well, okay, one last note note!  Given the US still has significant population growth, one expects electricity use to constantly increase to the slope of the population growth simply to maintain at the current economic health level. 

Without further ado, here is our great economic recovery, in terms of electricity use over the last 8 years.


Source is the EIA.

Now, given that we do understand population growth and it’s impact on economic activity and electricity use …..  well, look at us go. 

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5 Responses to The Great US Economic Recovery As Seen By Electricity Sales!!!!!!!

  1. cdquarles says:

    I’d like to see if it is possible to get good data on all energy production and use in the correct units (not currency, in other words, in KCal or Joules) per capita. I know from my own life that if I can make energy usage ‘cheaper’, I’m going to use just as much anyway and possibly more on the margin.

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