Hydropower increase won't end electricity shortage (3)

08:50, June 26, 2011      

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The power shortfall is regional since provinces like Guangdong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang rely heavily on energy-guzzling industries for economic growth, China Energy Network's Chief Information Officer Han Xiaoping said.

Huge power demand from energy-intensive sectors burdens power supply.

The problem did not reveal itself last year as many factories cut output to meet the central government's target of saving energy and reducing emissions for the 11th Five-Year Plan period (2006-2010).

But this year, the country has seen a sudden revival of the energy-guzzling sectors and a huge demand for power, said Lin Weibin, deputy director with the Chinese Energy and Strategic Resources Research Center, Beijing Normal University.


Jiangsu, a key manufacturing base in eastern China, forecasts about 11 million kw of power shortages this year, which is possibly the worst in the country. About 68,000 enterprises in the province will have to suspend production during busy hours.

Already there is a significant shortage of power in 26 provinces and municipalities, according to the SGCC.

Power consumption restrictions have been introduced in eastern and central regions, to ensure power supply for residential homes, hospitals, schools and other sectors key to public interests and state security.

The 30 million kw of power shortages predicted for this summer is the worst ever, according to the SGCC.

The power crisis will worsen to about 50 million kw of shortages in 2012 and 70 million kw in 2013 if effective reforms are not made, according to the SGCC.Source:Xinhua
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