Three Gorges Probe

Three Gorges transmission lines down amid power shortages

February 20, 2008

Heavy snowstorms felled three power transmission towers along a majorline of the Three Gorges dam, disrupting a link in central China’s transmission system, Xinhua news agency reported last month.


Storm-damaged power grids and chronic shortages of coal, which fuels three quarters of China’s electricity supply, have contributed to power shortages that have forced more than a dozen provinces to ration electricity.

Disputes over prices for coal and electricity have contributed to the crisis: coal suppliers are pushing for higher prices, while power utilities object to government-imposed caps on electricity rates that prevent them from passing higher costs for coal on to their customers.

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