China's power generation continued gathering pace in December, delivering a robust growth of 9.1% year on year to 727.7 TWh, expanding by 2.3 percentage points from a month ago, showed data from the National Bureau of Statistics on January 18.
The volume was also 13.37% higher than November level, data showed, supported by rapid temperature drops in many areas across the country. Daily power generation in December was 23.47 TWh, up by 2.07 TWh from a month ago.
Thermal power generation grew by 9.2% from the year prior to 564.7 TWh last month, driven mainly by rising electricity demand owing to strong heating demand amid colder-than-usual winter and robust industrial activity.
It, however, was still dwarfed by an 11.3% increase on a yearly basis in hydropower output to 76.4 TWh, the NBS data showed.
On a monthly basis, thermal power output jumped 20.12%, while hydropower declined 16.68% compared with November.
Nuclear and wind power generation rose by 6.2% and 7.1% on the year to 35.3 TWh and 40.9 TWh, respectively, while output of solar power increased 8.9% to 10.4 TWh, with growth expanding by 8.1 percentage points from November.
In the full-year of 2020, China generated a total 7,417 TWh of electricity, up by 2.7% year on year.
Output of thermal and hydropower came in at 5,279.9 TWh and 1,214 TWh, repsectively, rising by 1.2% and 5.3% year on year.
Output of nuclear, wind and solar power stood at 366.3 TWh, 414.6 TWh and 142.1 TWh, up by 5.1%, 10.5% and 8.5%, separately.
(Writing by Tammy Yang Editing by Harry Huo)
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