Power output in southwestern China's Yunnan province witnessed a year-on-year decline of 14.7% to 55.91 TWh in the first quarter this year, showed data from the provincial energy bureau.
Over January-March, 1.05 GW new installed power capacity was added in the province. Yunnan shoulders responsibility of transmitting electricity to eastern consumption areas.
Power consumption in Yunnan came in at 41.73 TWh, registering the fastest yearly increase of 5.8% in the country, said the bureau.
Inter-province electricity trade through market-oriented way grew 13.8% on the year to 27.66 TWh in the first three months. Its lower prices, compared with government-set tariff which is mostly used currently, helped end users reduce power cost by 2.93 billion yuan ($412 million).
From January to March, major coal firms produced 10.67 million tonnes of raw coal, a rise of 3.1% against a year ago, showed the data.
(Writing by Jessie Jia Editing by Harry Huo)
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