Total electricity consumption in southern China's five provinces and regions, including Guangdong, Guangxi, Yunnan, Guizhou, and Hainan, reached 156.5 TWh in August, marking a 10% year-on-year increase, according to China Southern Power Grid Co., Ltd.
Monthly electricity usage maintained a high growth rate, leading to higher growth rate for the cumulative power consumption.
The primary industries, mainly the agricultural sector, witnessed a 10.6% rise on the year in electricity usage. Power consumption in the secondary industries, mainly the industrial sector, and tertiary industries, mainly the service sector, climbed 9.8% and 11.1% respectively, compared to the same period last year.
Residential use increased by 9.6% year on year in August.
Guangdong's total electricity consumption rose 11.3% YoY in August. The manufacturing sector continued to play a vital role in the city, with electricity usage maintaining a high growth of 10.2% YoY.
Notably, the electrical machinery and equipment manufacturing industry, as well as the computer, communication, and other electronic equipment manufacturing industry, experienced rapid growth, both exceeding 12% in growth rate in Guangdong.
In the same month, Hainan's total power consumption reached 4.7 TWh, a remarkable 29.8% YoY increase, ranking first nationwide in terms of growth rate. The tertiary industries' electricity usage maintained high growth rate of 39.3%, surpassing the overall electricity consumption by 9.5 percentage points, indicating a continuously thriving consumer market.
From January to August this year, total electricity consumption in these five provinces and regions reached 1,037.4 TWh, up 6.4% YoY. In the national economy industry classification, over 70% of industries saw positive year-on-year growths in power use.
Sales data analysis revealed that this growth in electricity consumption across the southern China was mainly driven by economic factors, with temperature having a minimal impact, which contributed to only around 0.5 percentage point in the first eight months.
(Writing by Riley Liang Editing by Emma Yang)
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