In the first half of 2006, China’s total power consumption reached 1.3 trillion kilowatt-hours, an increase of 12.89 per cent over the same period a year ago. But the country only generated 1.23 trillion kilowatt-hours during the first six months of this year – a shortfall of 700 million kilowatt-hours. According to China Electricity Council Secretary-General Wang Yonggan, power shortages will continue to plague China, but he hopes they will somewhat ease. At the beginning of 2005, twenty-five Chinese provinces suffered power shortages. This had been reduced to nine provinces this past January, and recently the number of provinces suffering power shortages had fallen to four.China relieved its widespread power shortages over the past six months because of its new power stations, but officials insist the power industry must try to reduce energy consumption per unit of GDP by 20 percent to comply with the latest five-year plan through 2010. Power deficits are still expected in East China, North China and part of South China during peak summer months even though China spent more than $9 billion in the first half of 2006 to improve its power transport capacity.But how will China continue to fuel its power stations so they… Read full this story
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