Power demand of China's five southern provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi, Yunnan, Guizhou and Hainan saw a 9.46% rise year on year in May, said China Southern Power Grid (CSG) that takes charges of grids in the five province.
CSG said it put a total of 104.2 TWh of power into its grids in May, which included generation from local power plants and imports from other provinces.
Specifically, the Guangdong grid saw its power consumption rise 9.4% year on year in the month, and grids of Guangxi, Yunnan, Guizhou and Hainan posted the growth of 16.9%, 11.8%, 6.8% and 10.2%, respectively.
In May, power demand has been rising rapidly in the southern region. Peak power loads of the five provinces all created historical highs. Guangdong's peak load exceeded 100 GW on May 6, Guangxi's power transmission repeatedly hit new highs on May 8 and 9, and Hainan's grid load also reached new highs twice last month.
High temperature and growing industrial and economic activities are main drivers to the power demand. In May, the average temperature in the south was 1-4 degrees Celsius higher than the same period in previous years, spurring the demand of air conditioning.
It was learned that Guangdong's coal consumption of the secondary industries – mainly the industrial sector – increased over 4% year on year in May; that of the tertiary industries – mainly the service sector – rose over 11%.
With its grid spanning 2,000 km from West to East and a total installed capacity of 310 GW, CSG has instituted "8 AC and 10 DC" totaling 18 channels in the West-to-East Power Transmission Project with a maximum transmission capacity of 50 GW.
CSG said its power sales reached 1,051.8 TWh in 2019, an 8.4% year on year.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Tammy Yang)
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