China's energy demand to rise at lower rate in 2011

14:02, January 30, 2011      

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The National Energy Administration reported that China’s energy demand would continue rise in 2011, but at a lower pace.

It says that the robust economic growth would further fuel the consumption and supply of energy. The energy supply and demand is expected to basically reach a balance in 2011.

Specifically, coal consumption is estimated to continue the upturn momentum. However, the rate of growth could be dragged down by the macro-economic policy, particularly the development of renewable energy and the energy saving targets set for the national 12th Five-year Plan starting from 2011.

Steady growth will also be seen in power demand. The electricity consumption may reach 4.5 trillion kilowatt-hour, up by some 9 percent over 2010. The newly-installed capacity sets to reach 80 million kilowatt-hour, pushing the total installed capacity up to 1 billion kilowatt-hour by the end of the year.

By Li Jia, People’s Daily Online
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