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China's power consumption up 6.7 pct in first two months

(Xinhua)

16:03, March 14, 2012

BEIJING, March 14 (Xinhua) -- China's power consumption rose 6.7 percent year-on-year to 749.7 billion kilowatt-hours (kwh) in the first two months, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said Wednesday.

NEA data shows the figure was lower than 11.7-percent growth for the entire of last year, as Chinese Lunar New Year, which fell in January this year, cut working days from the month.

In February, the country consumed 386.3 billion kwh in power, an increase of 22.9 percent, the NEA noted.

In the first two months, residential electricity consumption gained 14.9 percent from a year earlier to 111.7 billion kwh.

Power consumption of the tertiary industries increased the most, up 10.3 percent over the Jan.-Feb. period, with total consumption hitting 94 billion kwh.

Meanwhile, primary industries saw power consumption decrease by 4.7 percent year-on-year to 12.3 billion kwh, and that of secondary industries rose only 4.8 percent to 531.6 billion kwh.

New power generation increased by 3.85 million kilowatts in the Jan.-Feb. period, including 410,000 kilowatts in hydropower, 2.73 million kilowatts in thermal power, 680,000 kilowatts in wind power.

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