China may have some problems this winter due to cold weather, surging coal prices and government measures for energy conservation and emission cutting.
Liu Zhenya, general manager of the State Grid Corp of China (SGCC), said China‘s northeastern and northwestern regions and eight northern provinces – usually the coldest areas in the country – reported record high power consumption during the first half of this month.
Figures from the National Power Dispatch and Communication Center showed both power output and consumption increased on a monthly basis in the first half of this month, up by 8.9% and 7% respectively over the same period last month.
Currently, accumulated coal stocks for power plants directly supplying electricity to SGCC are about 64.62 million tons, enough for 18 days.
CRI English reports that cities including Beijing, Tianjin and Chongqing and the provinces of Shandong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang may also face power shortages in the coming peak consumption period.