China consumed 6,307.7 TWh of electricity in 2017, increasing by 6.6% year on year, showed data from the National Energy Administration (NEA) on January 22.
Of this, 869.5 TWh was consumed by the residential segment, gaining 7.8% from a year earlier, data showed.
For the non-residential segment, the primary industries – mainly the agricultural sector – used 115.5 TWh last year, rising 7.3% from the previous year.
The secondary industries – mainly the industrial sector, consumed 4,441.3 TWh, increasing 5.5% year on year.
Power consumption by tertiary industries – mainly the service sector – increased 10.7% on the year to 881.4 TWh.
Meanwhile, the average utilization of above-6,000 KW power generating units across the country was 3,786 hours, down 11 hours from a year ago, according to the NEA data.
Of this, hydropower plants logged average utilization of 3,579 hours, a decrease of 40 hours; the average utilization of thermal power plants increased 23 hours on year to 4,209 hours.
In 2017, China added 133.72 GW of power generating capacity, including 12.87 GW of hydropower and 45.78 GW of thermal power capacity.
The country's power consumption increased by 7.4% to 574.6 KWh of electricity in December, according to calculations based on NEA data.
(Writing by William Gao Editing by Harry Huo)
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