Chinese electricity consumption up 6.3%

25 July 2017 Week 29 Issue 417

China’s electricity consumption continued to grow in the first half of 2017, rising by 6.3% year on year to 2.951 trillion kWh.


Industry accounted for 71% of consumption, or 2.095 trillion kWh, data released by the China Electricity Council showed.

Agriculture consumed 50.9 billion kWh of electricity, up 7.2% year on year, while the service sector used 405.4 billion kWh, up 9.3% year on year.

The council said in a release that Tibet reported highest growth in power demand in the first half of the year.

Although the council did not give absolute figures, it said that power demand in Tibet rose by 22% in the first half of the year, followed by Ningxia Province with 13%, Xinjiang Province with 12% and Guizhou Province with 11%.

In June alone, China’s electricity consumption rose by 6.5% year on year to 524.4 billion kWh, including 12 billion kWh used by agriculture, 382.3 billion kWh by industry, 70.2 billion kWh by the service sector and 60 billion kWh by the residential sector.

The CEC said that by the end of June, China had 1.63 million MW of generating capacity, up 6.9% year on year, based on a survey of plants each with at least 600 MW of capacity.

Of the total capacity, 290,000 MW was hydro, 1.06 million MW were thermal, 34,730 MW was nuclear and 150,000 MW was grid-connected wind.

From January to June, China wind capacity by 6,010 MW, with averaging utilisation hours hitting 984 hours per year, 67 hours more than the same period in 2016.

Solar accounted for 23,620 MW of generating capacity by the end of June, 6,000 MW more than in June 2016.

Edited by

Richard Lockhart


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