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Electricity Sector in China

Electricity growth powers down but rise up the line

Power consumption grew at a much slower rate on the mainland last year compared with 2011 but is expected to bounce back this year. Photo: Reuters

Growth in power use halved on the mainland last year from 2011 due to poorer domestic and overseas economic conditions, but a marked pickup is forecast for this year.

Tuesday, 15 January, 2013, 4:16am

Power up, lending down, game on

Illustration: Henry Wong

In the second of a two-part series, the Post examines how infrastructure, energy, shipping and gaming fared in 2012 and what lies ahead in 2013.

1 Jan 2013 - 5:37am

US energy storage firm Xtreme in standby mode in China push

US energy storage firm Xtreme in standby mode in China push

The installation of high-capacity power storage equipment could be part of the solution to relieve the mainland's transmission bottleneck that has hampered the use of wind power, but the energy industry is not ready to absorb the costs involved.

25 Oct 2012 - 4:53am

Mainland's wind potential blown away by power grid monopolies

Wind turbines are productive but grid operators need to install special equipment to handle their intermittent output. Photo: EPA

The mainland's wind power generators will reach their full potential only if the state-owned power distribution giants lose their monopolies, said the China director of the Global Wind Energy Council.

25 Oct 2012 - 4:53am

Power play just drama?

As the nation witnessed images of dried-up lakes and cracked river beds in central China earlier this month, state media warned that a major energy crisis was looming this summer, complete with drops in hydropower, rationing at factories, and widespread financial losses for power-generating companies.

But do such drought conditions really result in epic power shortages?

14 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Power plants feel the pinch as mainland weather crisis worsens

The mainland crisis caused by the heaviest snowfall in decades worsened yesterday with power supply problems deteriorating in the hardest-hit areas and transport remaining at a standstill.

29 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

China Power to build 7b yuan hydro project

China Power Investment, the ultimate parent of Hong Kong-listed China Power International Development, has received approval to build a 7.39 billion yuan hydro project in Guangxi province as part of a plan to more than double hydro-power generation capacity by 2010.

15 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

SDIC Huajing to generate 1.45b yuan from share offer

SDIC Huajing Power Holdings, an electricity supplier on the mainland, plans to raise 1.45 billion yuan by selling shares in the domestic A-share market to fund acquisition of its parent's assets and expansion.

The company plans to sell up to 250 million shares at 5.82 yuan each, a discount of 2.18 per cent to the closing price of 5.95 yuan yesterday.

11 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Energy crunch expected to ease slightly this year

But temporary shortages across the country are still likely

China's energy crunch is expected to ease this year although regional and temporary shortages will persist, an industry official says.

20 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

State Grid seeks higher supply tariff

Firm lobbies for rise in distribution and transmission charges to finance billions of yuan worth of network upgrades

State Grid Corp of China, which supplies electricity to all but five southern provinces, is lobbying the central government for higher transmission and distribution tariffs to help fund a massive expenditure on power distribution upgrades.

11 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Short-circuited by a glut of bureaucracy

What is to be done about China's power shortages? By all accounts, this summer's peak season is set to be even worse than last year's, with 24 of 31 province-level jurisdictions predicting major shortages.

24 May 2004 - 12:00am

Power shortage hobbling delta's industrial machine

Manufacturers in the Pearl River Delta are bracing themselves for another year of power shortages and high electricity prices.

Usage peaked in the late summer months last year as manufacturers rushed to complete their Christmas orders and families turned on their air conditioners, leading to rolling brownouts throughout the province.

29 Jan 2003 - 12:00am