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Dec 04, 2018 05:28 PM
ECONOMY

Powering China’s Economy Takes More and More Electricity

A Jiangsu province power plant generates electricity in October 2017. Photo: VCG
A Jiangsu province power plant generates electricity in October 2017. Photo: VCG

China’s electricity consumption is expected to rise 8.5% this year, picking up from last year’s growth rate of 6.6% despite a slowdown in economic growth, the State Grid Energy Research Institute said in a report.

The report released over the weekend attributed the pickup in electricity consumption, a key barometer of economic activity, to factors including Beijing’s strategy to accelerate rural revitalization and revamp the countryside’s power grid.

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