Electricity consumption in China grew by 10% in 2021

Shanghai (China), Jan 18 (EFE).- China’s total electricity consumption rose 10.3% in 2021 marked by the recovery of the industry and the economy in general after the stoppages due to the coronavirus or variations of the temperature, informs today the portal of economic news Caixin. That medium, which cites data from the National Energy Administration, points out that the primary sector consumed 16.4% more electricity in the year just ended; secondary, 9.1%, and tertiary, 17.8%. In total, the national consumption of electricity amounted to about 8.3 trillion kilowatt hours (kWh). The growth rate of this indicator reached its 2021 peak in February and then fell until November, when it rebounded again. Since the end of the summer, the increase in consumption and the shortage of supply caused by the lack of coal – a material with which China generates around 60% of its electricity -, added to other factors such as restrictions on carbon emissions or the floods due to torrential rains, translated for a few weeks into rationing policies in important industrial poles of the country or even into blackouts in areas of the northeast. During the 14th five-year plan period (2021-2025), China’s annual electricity consumption is expected to grow by around 4.8% on average, with the service sector becoming more important than traditional industries.


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