(October 18, 2011) In China, hydroelectric output dropped by 20% from a year earlier. Authorities are now warning of winter power shortages in hydropower-rich southern and central regions due to low water storage, leading to questions about the reliability of China’s hydropower assets.
China Sept power output sustains double-digit growth
By Jim Bai and Chen Aizhu
BEIJING, Oct 18 (Reuters) – China’s power generation expansion in September was sustained at a double-digit pace for an eighth consecutive month, but growth momentum continued to ease amid slowing economic activity, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed.
Electricity output increased 11.5 percent from a year earlier to 386.1 billion kilowatt-hours in September, dragging generation growth in the first nine months down to 12.7 percent from 13 percent in the first eight months and 13.5 percent in the first half, the data showed on Tuesday.
At 12.87 billion kWh per day, September output was lower than the previous three months when summer heat drove monthly generation to a record high above 13 billion kWh.
The fall in power generation growth is consistent with China’s economic expansion, which has eased in recent quarters amid tightening policies and softening demand for exports.
September power production growth was also inflated by a low base in 2010, when a last-minute campaign to cap energy use kicked in.
The Statistics Bureau said output from thermal power plants rose 19.5 percent year on year to 314.6 billion kWh last month and generation from nuclear stations gained 15.1 percent to 7.69 billion kWh.
But electricity production from hydropower plants declined 20.2 percent from a year earlier to 56.85 billion kWh.
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