14 Dec 2009 11:24

Power consumption surged 27.63 pct in November - NEA

Shanghai. December 14. INTERFAX-CHINA - China's power output jumped 27.63 percent year-on-year to 328.38 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) in November this year, according to statistics released by the National Energy Agency (NEA) on Dec. 14.

China's total power consumption exceeded 3.29 trillion kWh over the first eleven months of this year, representing a year-on-year increase of 4.77 percent, according to the NEA.

Power consumption from the primary industry (agriculture) grew by 8.09 percent to 86.98 billion kWh over the first eleven months, the NEA said.

Power consumption from the secondary industry (industry) increased by 2.62 percent year-on-year to 2.43 trillion kWh over the first eleven months, while the tertiary industry grew by 11.60 percent year-on-year to 357.54 billion kWh, according to the NEA.

Residential power consumption in the first eleven months expanded by 11.87 percent year-on-year to 416.67 billion kWh, according to the NEA.

China added 69.03 million kW of new power generation capacity from January to November, including 48.76 million kW of new thermal power generation capacity and 15.05 million kW of new hydropower power generation capacity, the NEA said.

Following the global financial crisis, China's power consumption shrunk for eight straight months before turning positive in June 2009.

Last week, the China Electricity Council (CEC) forecasted that the country's total power consumption for 2009 would grow by about 4 percent from 2008's total of 3.42 kWh.