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Mainland’s power output up 3.6pc

Reuters in Beijing

Mainland’s power output in June increased 3.6 per cent from a year earlier, state media reported on Friday, the first increase in a non-holiday month since October as hotter weather and reviving economy drove up demand.

Last month’s electricity production was at 309.328 billion kilowatt hours (kWh), in which 241.576 billion kWh were generated by thermal power plants, 62.563 billion kWh by hydropower stations and 5.189 billion kWh by nuclear facilities, all up over 3 per cent from their year-earlier levels, the official Xinhua news agency said.

But output in the first half of this year still declined 2.02 per cent from a year earlier, according to the China Securities Journal, which cited data from the State Grid Corp of China, the country’s main grid operator.

The declines in mainland’s power generation have been narrowing in the past several months after near double-digit falls late last year, as consumption gradually picked up, thanks to Beijing’s economic stimulus policies.

However, the significance of the first monthly output increase was tempered by the fact that hotter-than-usual weather hit some part of mainland in late June, leading to a surge in production late last month.

Power generation in the first 10 days of June fell 1.7 per cent from a year earlier, rose 3.8 per cent in the second 10 days and gained 7 per cent in the final 10 days, the newspaper said.

The National Development and Reform Commission said last week that power output nationwide in June was expected to rise 2.37 per cent from a year earlier.

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