Along with the rapid development of China's energy industry as a whole in recent few years, the nation's energy consumption has leapt to world second place with oil consumption taking world third.
First is growth of electricity generation and consumption. From 1989 to 1996 the installed capacity and electricity generation rose by 9.3 and 9.2 percent respectively. By the end of 2001, the installed capacity had risen from 57.12 million KWh in 1978 to 338.61 million KWh (including 2.1 million KWh nuclear power), and the electricity generation grow from 1978's 256.6 billion KWh to 1483.9 billion KWh (including 17.5 billion KWh nuclear power). Now both China's installed capacity and electricity generation have leapt to world second place.
Second is rising of coal production and consumption. The national coal production in 1978 was only stood at 617 million tons, but exceeded 1 billion tons by 1989 and hit a record of 1.325 billion tons in 1997. The yearly output of coal remained above 1 billion in recent years, which met the need of rapid, stable development of national economy.
Third is stable growth of oil production and consumption. The output surpassed 100 million tons in 1978, exceeded 150 million tons in 1996, then remained over 160 million tons for five successive years, ranking world fifth. Now China's oil consumption has taken world third, standing for 22 percent of the nation's total energy consumption.