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Jun 16, 2022 08:44 PM
BUSINESS

Covid Shocks Cut China’s Power Consumption for Second Month

Workers repair power equipment in Taizhou, East China's Jiangsu province, June 6. Photo: VCG
Workers repair power equipment in Taizhou, East China's Jiangsu province, June 6. Photo: VCG

China’s electricity consumption continued to fall in May, as pandemic restrictions hit industrial activity.

The country’s electricity usage in May dropped 1.3% from the same period a year ago to 671.6 gigawatt-hours, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said on Wednesday. In the same period of 2021, that figure jumped 12.5%.

Broken down by industrial sectors, power consumption in the secondary and tertiary sectors went down by 0.5% and 4.4% year-on-year respectively, while usage in the primary sector was up 6.3%, the NEA data showed. Residential consumption also declined by 2.4%.

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