Chinese vice premier calls for effective measures to secure electricity supply

Photo taken on Aug. 4, 2022 shows the Wanjiali Road Electric Tunnel in Changsha, central China’s Hunan Province. Changsha has recently experienced high temperatures, leading to peak electricity consumption in the summer. Many electric power lines in the new Wanjiali Road Electric Tunnel have been laid and put into operation, transmitting electric power to areas along the line. (Xinhua/Chen Zeguo)

Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng on Wednesday called for effective measures to ensure security and supply of energy and electricity, as the country faces record power demand amid high temperatures and dry weather.

During a meeting at the State Grid Corporation, Han stressed that China’s energy and power supply is “in a critical period” amid peak summer demand and effective measures must be taken to ensure electricity supply and safety without any error, according to Xinhua News. Agency.

Security and supply of energy and electricity are the fundamental guarantee for stable economic and social functioning, Han said, stressing that power outages should be firmly avoided and key projects should be accelerated.

Han also said it is necessary to strengthen overall planning and coordination across the country and improve the management of the graduated electric load to ensure that the power supply is secure. He also stressed that China should exercise the functions of market mechanisms and improve government regulation to ensure energy price stability.

Han’s emphasis on securing electricity supply came at a time when some power companies and local governments are reportedly restricting electricity supplies to businesses and residents amid demand for electricity. electricity increased during the summer.

According to a report by National Business Daily, several districts and counties in southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality have released proposals to encourage the reduction of industrial and commercial energy consumption, as well as the consumption amazing energy. The report notes that some companies in Chongqing have asked their employees to work from home.

Sichuan-based Dazhou Electric Power Group also recently issued a notice saying the company may restrict electricity use for residential users in an orderly manner, if the power supply pressure cannot be relieved. .

Meanwhile, low rainfall in southern China, including Sichuan, Yunnan and Guizhou provinces, is causing problems for local hydroelectric generators, and market watchers said the drought could hurt the electricity supply in eastern China, but that the impact will be seasonal and short-term.

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Alan A. Seibert