Power consumption in central China's Hunan province hit a new high this year in August, also the highest in the same month of past years.
The province's power consumption totaled 20.01 TWh in August, a 4.9% rise on the year, showed data from the provincial statistics bureau.
Regarded as a barometer of economic activities, power consumption in August reflected strong economic recovery from the virus epidemic earlier this year.
Data showed urban residential power utilization rose 4.2% year on year to 2.66 TWh in August, while rural households consumed 2.49 TWh, a 1.5% rise from a year ago.
For the non-residential segment, the primary industries – mainly the agricultural sector, saw power consumption rose 10.8%; consumption in the secondary industries – mainly the industrial sector – broke through 10 TWh, with a 4.6% increase from a year earlier; that of the tertiary industries – mainly the service sector – reached approximately 4 TWh, up 8%, hitting a new high this year.
Commercial and industrial activities have rapidly recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic, the statistics department said, driving up the province's electricity consumption.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Harry Huo)
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