Northwestern China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region saw its power sales rise 7.26% year on year to 63.9 TWh in the first half of 2020, according to the State Grid Xinjiang Electric Power Co., Ltd, driven by surged power demand from services sectors, which was 43% higher than the same period last year.
In the first half year, Xinjiang's residential power consumption totaled 6.1 TWh, up 27.8% year on year. The primary industry – mainly agricultural sector – consumed about 1.1 TWh of power, the secondary industry – mainly industrial sector – used 37.7 TWh, down 7.8%, and the tertiary industry – mainly services sector – used 19 TWh, up 43%.
Xinjiang transmitted 43.9 TWh of electricity in the first half of 2020, up 53.9% year on year, the State Grid Xinjiang Electric Power Co Ltd said, in which 12.1 TWh was mainly generated by wind and solar power.
Xinjiang is rich in coal and wind power resources. According to the Xinjiang Electricity Trading Center, Xinjiang now transmits electricity to 19 other Chinese regions, many of which purchase electricity from Xinjiang as a form of economic support to the region.
In 2019, Xinjiang transmitted over 71.2 TWh of electricity to other regions, 1.4 times that of the previous year.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Tammy Yang)
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