China: Transition Takes Hit From Heatwave

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China — after dodging severe power crunches in the first half of this year — has now been forced to impose power rationing in Sichuan province in the midst of a prolonged heatwave that already ravaged many parts of Europe and other parts of Asia. Amid record-breaking temperatures and a drier-than-usual summer, the normally water-rich southwestern province is drying up. It saw hydroelectricity output plunge by as much as 50%, forcing a ramp-up in coal-fired power to make up for the shortfall. Sichuan has also resorted to power rationing targeting mostly industrial users since Aug. 15, with the duration being extended from an original six days to 11 days.

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