power shortage

Chinese Engineers Eye Tibetan Rivers

Recent droughts along the Yangtze have highlighted the long-term uncertainties surrounding projects like the South-North Water Diversion, as the supposedly plentiful waters of the South failed even without the additional burden...

China Acts to Address Power Shortage

From Wall Street Journal: China has set up a high-level task force to cope with its worst power shortage in four years, and a top energy official pledged that big cities such as Beijing and Shanghai won’t be affected even...

Pricing Conflict Pits Coal, Power Suppliers

From Caijing Magazine: China is facing its worst power shortage since 2004 — a supply-demand gap that, according to the State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC), will reach 16 million kilowatt this summer. At the...

As China’s Small Mines Stay Shut, Crisis Grows

After shutting down small coal mines across China due to environmental and safety concerns, Chinese officials are encountering pricing problems as they try to reopen the mines to alleviate a coal shortage. From the International...

China in Power Shortage Warning – BBC News

From BBC News: China says it is facing serious power shortages as severe winter weather continues to cause unusually high demand for electricity. Thirteen regions have already started to ration power supplies, the official Xinhua news agency reported. It said coal reserves were down to emergency levels and stockpiles were only high enough to generate […]

China beats the power crunch - Emma Graham-Harrison

From Reuters, via The Standard: China has emerged from the summer with far fewer electricity blackouts and shortages than feared, potentially closing the latest chapter in its boom- and-bust power sector saga. Better demand management, rainy weather and improved coal transport helped close supply gaps, in turn curbing the need for extra oil supplies to […]

Michael Lelyveld: Efficiency, Price Reforms Key to China’s Power Shortages: Experts

From Radio Free Asia: China is once more attempting to solve massive energy shortages by forcing businesses to close during peak summer months, but experts say nationwide improvements to energy efficiency and reforms of the centrally planned price structure are the key to the country’s power problems. Shanghai“China’s biggest consumer of energy”has ordered 3,000 businesses […]

China’s 2005 Power Shortage May Ease on New Capacity, Govt Says

From Bloomberg.com: “China’s power shortage during periods of peak demand this year may be 17 percent less than in 2004 as new generation capacity starts operating, increasing electricity supply, the nation’s top economic planning body said. China may have a power shortage of about 25,000 megawatts when demand peaks this summer compared with 30,000 megawatts […]

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