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Northern China's power consumption is on the rise while the Premier issues a warning

Image: Reuters Berita 24 English -  As blistering heat waves expanded throughout regions north of the Yangtze river , the power load in the ...


Image: Reuters

Berita 24 English -  As blistering heat waves expanded throughout regions north of the Yangtze river, the power load in the Chinese province of Henan set a new record on Monday, owing mostly to air-conditioning demand.

According to a state media report published Wednesday morning, load peaks hit 71.08 million kilowatts, exceeding the previous day's record of 65.34 million kilowatts.

According to an official media summary issued late Tuesday, Premier Li Keqiang stressed that China must enhance coal production capacity to "resolutely prevent power shortages" when touring a thermal power business in Hebei Province.

Throughout June, parts of Hebei and the neighbouring provinces of Henan and Shandong experienced drought-like conditions.

China's meteorological administration issued orange advisories on Wednesday, warning of high temperatures in three provinces.

Heavy rains in seven provinces and a tornado that raced through the southern metropolis of Guangzhou, cutting off electricity to over 5,400 consumers last week, have added to the heat in China's north.


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