Power consumption of four high energy-consuming industries declined 3.1% from a year ago to 596.9 TWh during January-April, with the growth rate falling by 6.2 percentage points from the same period a year ago, data showed.
The electricity consumption from those industries accounted for 28.1% of the country's total during the first four months, data showed from the National Bureau of Statistics. The four energy-intensive industries refer to chemical, non-metallic mineral, steel and non-ferrous metal smelting industries.
Specifically, electricity usage from chemical industry stood at 140.2 TWh, with a year-on-year growth falling by 6.5 percentage points from the same period a year ago to a decline of 4.2%.
The power consumption of the building materials industry came in at 89.1 TWh, falling 12.5% year-on-year. It compared with a 7.8% year-on-year growth during the year-ago period.
Steel industry consumed 174.1 TWh of electricity during January-April, a yearly decline of 2%, which was down 5.7 percentage points from January-April in 2019.
The electricity consumption of the ferrous metal smelting industry stood at 174.1 TWh last month, a decrease of 2% year on year.
In April, electricity consumption of the four energy-intensive industries totaled 167.2 TWh, an increase of 1.5% year on year and accounting for 30.0% of the country's total.
The electricity consumption in chemical, steel, and non-ferrous metal smelting industries increased 0.2%, 0.7% and 4.8% from a year ago to 36.6 TWh, 46.9 TWh and 51.4 TWh, separately.
Power consumption of building material industry fell 1.1% to 32.3 TWh, data showed.
(Writing by Emma Yang Editing by Jessie Jia)
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