power shortages

Chinese Regions Face Severe Winter Power Shortage

Reuters reports fresh warnings of looming power shortages in southern and central China, as hydropower is pinched between growing demand for water and diminished supplies, and coal generation squirms between high fuel costs and...

Drought, Mine Closures Cut Power to Southern Factories

The frenzy of manufacturing in southern China is fed by a “West to East Electricity Transmission Project”: the South-North Water Diversion Project’s less glamorous sibling. Generation in the west has been hit...

More Warnings of Electricity Shortages Across China

Caijing issues further warnings about electricity shortages around China, which have led to power rationing and stuttering production lines. Many measures have been applied to industries in Zhejiang Province as well. Some have...

Power Politics – Julie Walton

From China Business Review: China must push through reforms in its energy sector”especially price reform. Unimaginable though it may be, factories in some of the world’s most vibrant manufacturing hubs are turning off the lights once a week. In coastal cities from Beijing to Shenzhen, and even as far inland as Chongqing, companies received notices […]

Making China green – Denis Hayes

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: …The real pinch point for China is energy. Energy use is increasing 10 percent per year, and electricity production is growing 15 percent annually. The country is adding a new 1,000-megawatt power plant every week. Still, 24 provinces experienced severe power shortages last year… China uses twice as much coal as […]



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