Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Chart of Electrical Usage in Hawaii - Irresponsible Exuberance

This is original work from Pacific Energy.   This information on Electrical consumption is available for all the States, and I data mined the data for Hawaii.   It was fairly easy, but also very instructive once the chart was made.  

After decades of understandable rate of growth, even with the computer boom in the 1990's the electrical usage in Hawaii really didn't kick off until the "Easy Money" era of Greenspan and the Bernanke.   Look at the chart, why in the world would our electrical consumption triple in the space of a handful of years.    The answers are simple....we started using electricity irresponsibly, spending money we didn't have, spirits buoyed up by speculative increases in housing value.

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