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China Braces for a Summer Power Crunch

  • Electricity demand has surged amid economic growth, heatwave
  • Beijing and Tianjin among cities at risk, Everbright says
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How Rising Temperatures Can Fry the Economy

The world’s largest electricity producer is warning it may run short of power this summer.

Parts of China are at risk of shortages as the nation’s distribution networks struggle to cope with soaring temperatures and the fastest power consumption growth in seven years, regulators warned in recent weeks. Sustained economic growth has propped up demand, while President Xi Jinping’s clean-air drive is crimping efforts to boost coal output, stretching natural gas supply and increasing reliance on renewable power, which can be unpredictable.