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Heat Wave Boosts Southern China’s Power Use to a Record High

  • Searing heat leads to blackouts in some parts of Guangzhou
  • Power industry calls on Beijing to ensure supplies of coal
People buy ice cream during hot weather in Xiamen, Fujian province on July 24.
People buy ice cream during hot weather in Xiamen, Fujian province on July 24.Photographer: Jade Gao/AFP/Getty Images

The searing heat that has gripped China for over a month has boosted power generation to a record high in southern regions, leading to outages in some places as demand for air-conditioning strains the network.

China Southern Power Grid Co., the country’s second-largest operator supplying five provinces, said soaring demand lifted power generation to a record 223 gigawatts on Monday, 3% higher than last year’s peak load, according to a posting on WeChat