Shanghai puts heat on the Bund

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 July, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 July, 2004, 12:00am

The lights will go out on the Bund again this summer if the temperature hits 35 degrees Celsius in Shanghai. The city has ordered all 'scenic lighting' turned off to save electricity on hot nights when millions of people turn on their air conditioners.

The announcement comes as the city enters the hottest part of the year facing a huge electricity shortfall. Shanghai has already planned a number of steps to save power, including seeding clouds to induce rain.

Government officials estimate the 30,000 kilowatts from turning off scenic lighting will be enough to supply tens of thousands of households. The city darkened the Bund, which is lined by historic buildings facing the Huangpu River, last year for two weeks because of record high temperatures.

China is facing a power shortage as industry's demand for electricity rises faster than new power plants can be built.

The Shanghai Municipal Electric Power Co. estimated last month that the city was facing a power shortage of more than 3 million kW during peak periods this summer.

Surcharges will be levied on industrial users during peak periods and companies have been ordered to limit power use.