China, the world’s second-biggest energy consumer, is facing a deepening summer power crisis that may persist into the winter months, the nation’s dominant electricity distributor said.
State Grid Corp. of China, which more than 1 billion people rely on for power, said electricity shortages have worsened because of inadequate coal supplies. Forty-six percent of the power stations connected to the distributor’s grid have coal stockpiles below the “caution line,” or seven days of consumption, data from the company showed today.
China, facing its sixth year of electricity shortages, mothballed at least 2.9 percent of its coal-fired generating capacity as of July 25 as fuel supplies dwindled, State Grid said. Coal shortfalls may worsen in winter as power demand stays high and hydropower output falls to a seasonal low, it said.