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China to ensure power supply during summer peak period
Published: Jul 28, 2022 12:07 AM
Construction site of the Yangtze River crossing pathway project for the new 500-kilovolt transmission line in East China's Jiangsu Province on June 1, 2022. Running from Fengcheng to Meili, the line will further support the integration of energy and electricity in the Yangtze River Delta. Photo: cnsphoto
Construction site of the Yangtze River crossing pathway project for the new 500-kilovolt transmission line in East China's Jiangsu Province on June 1, 2022. Running from Fengcheng to Meili, the line will further support the integration of energy and electricity in the Yangtze River Delta. Photo: cnsphoto


China’s energy regulator vowed on Wednesday to ensure power supply and said it would not cut power during peak usage periods in summer. 

The National Energy Administration (NEA) will firmly hold the bottom line of not cutting power, and will resolutely ensure electricity for people's livelihoods, He Yang, an official from the NEA said on Wednesday.

Despite the recent heatwave and the power requirements reaching new highs, the national power supply and demand is still stable, He said.

The remarks came after China witnessed soaring power consumption in recent days. 

Amid the rebound in China's economy and the high temperatures seen globally in recent weeks, China's electricity consumption has been growing rapidly. 

From July 12 to 15, power use across the country repeatedly hit new highs. On July 15, the highest power load reached 1.26 billion kilowatts, and the daily power generation reached 28.5 billion kilowatt-hours, according to the NEA.

China Southern Power Grid (CSG), a state-owned enterprise providing electricity for the country’s southern and southwestern provinces and regions, including Guangdong, Guangxi, Yunnan, Guizhou and Hainan provinces, announced that by Monday, the overall electricity load provided by the company had reached 223 million kilowatts, an increase of 6.5 million kilowatts or nearly 3 percent over last year's maximum, thepaper.cn reported on Tuesday. 

“The power consumption is expected to climb further,” said He from the NEA.

The NEA is promoting the construction of major power projects, and new power sources with a total capacity of 70 million kilowatts were put into production nationwide in the first half of this year. Since summer last year, 180 million kilowatts of new power sources have been put into production nationwide.

The new inter-provincial power transmission channels from northern Shaanxi to Wuhan and Baihetan to Jiangsu have been put into operation, increasing the transmission capacity to eastern and central China by 12 million kilowatts.

These projects have effectively enhanced the ability to ensure power supply, and greatly enhanced confidence in coping with the peak summer season, He said. 

Sustained high temperatures have been seen in many areas of the country since the start of July. From July 11, one-third of the country has been hit with readings above 35 degrees C, including North China, the majority of Northwest China, eastern parts of Southwest China, and East and Central China.