China's daily electricity consumption created a new record of 27.19 TWh on July 14, surging more than 10% from the peak level of last summer and adding more pressure on power and coal supply.
Many regions in the country reported clear increases in power load since July 10, mainly due to rising temperatures, reduced rains in southern areas and rapid economic growth, marking the arrival of the first power demand peak in this summer, said Zhu Weijiang, vice director with the Dispatching and Control Center of State Grid Corporation.
During the period, East and Central China grids, and 11 provincial-level grids including Guangdong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Fujian, Jiangxi, Shaanxi and Guangxi reported record highs in power load.
To guarantee power supply for peak hours, the State Grid strengthened trans-regional electricity transmission, with transmission capacity exceeding 100 GW for the first time in peak hours.
The National Development and Reform Commission will meanwhile put 10 million tonnes of coal reserves into the market, as coal remains a significant and stable source for power generation when hydropower weakened alongside reduced rainfalls in southern China.
(Writing by Tammy Yang Editing by Harry Huo)
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