China Haunted Again by Electric Supply Crunch

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China’s preparations for peak summer demand to avoid last year’s crippling power crunches will be severely tested as the country grapples with an early onset of record-high temperatures — from southern coastal provinces to acrid areas in the north. Most of the preparations revolve around coal stockpiling and maximizing coal production, in addition to a further acceleration in the country’s already-frantic pace of wind/solar capacity construction. The tug-of-war between coal and what China terms “non-fossil” energy sources such as hydro, wind, solar and nuclear appears to be a tightly-fought contest, with coal still gaining market share despite the best of efforts by the country to further expand its world-leading wind and solar fleet. Coal, a major contributor to global warming, is benefitting from a viscous pattern — with hot spells and droughts depleting water levels at hydro stations, forcing China to increase coal-fired generation.

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