2017 October 27

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Blue Ridge Parkway
Brandywine, WV
Buchanan, VA
Empire State Plaza
Mount Pleasant State Forest
North Creek Campground
Point Au Roche
West Virginia

October 2017
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Nameplate Capacity of Power Plants in West Virginia

This pie chart shows how many megawatts of installed capacity there is of various forms of power in the West Virginia as of EIA 2015 operating data. I suspect some of the coal capacity has been retired in West Virginia and more gas and wind has come on in the subsequent years. I know that preliminary data is available for 2016 but I haven't updated the database on my computer. 86.4% of the state's installed capacity is coal but wind is growing in the state, consisting of over 3.7% or 583.4 megawatts of electricity.

Data Source: 2015 EIA Form 860 Annual Electric Generating Data.

Quarterly Change in Gross Domestic Product, 2007-2017

The economy is continuing to grow at a good clip, although still not as strong as in some quarters of 2013 and 2014, when we were accelerating out of the recession. Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 3.0 percent in the third quarter of 2017 (table 1), according to the "advance" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the second quarter, the revised numbers show that the real GDP increased 3.1 percent.

Gross domestic product (GDP) is the value of the goods and services produced by the nation’s economy less the value of the goods and services used up in production. GDP is also equal to the sum of personal consumption expenditures, gross private domestic investment, net exports of goods and services, and government consumption expenditures and gross investment. Real values are inflation-adjusted estimates—that is, estimates that exclude the effects of price changes.

For more information about this series, please see https://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/national/gdp/2017/gdp3q17_adv.htm

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Real Gross Domestic Product [A191RL1Q225SBEA], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/A191RL1Q225SBEA, October 27, 2017.

Photo: Nice Campsites At North Creek Campground

Nice Campsites At North Creek Campground

They are a little nuts about making sure everybody puts away their food and does no cooking after dark due to a totally irrational fear of bears, but I guess they have had a problem with it. $10 a night this year but of course the TRUMP is raising the fees to $15 a night next year. Still the sites are nice and not too far from the Blue Ridge Parkway, even if they are a bit bear crazy. I am sure there is dispersed camping somewhere around here, but they don't allow it on many of the local roads.