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China's electricity consumption up 7% in Mar

Apr. 16, 2012 (China Knowledge) - China's power consumption reached 416 terawatt hours (TWh) in March this year, up 7% compared with the same period of last year, according to statistics released by the National Energy Administration.

In the first three months of this year, the country consumed 1,165.5 TWhs of electricity, 6.8% more than that in the corresponding period of last year, slowing from a 12.7% growth in the corresponding period of 2011.
During the period from January to March, primary industry consumed 19 TWhs, reflecting a decrease of 3.0% year on year. The power consumption of secondary industry was 838.5 TWhs, 4.5% more than a year earlier.
The power consumption of tertiary industry was 139.8 TWhs, rising 13.0% year on year.

Electricity consumed by residents in urban and rural area increased 15.5% year on year to 168.3 TWhs during the reporting period.
In the first quarter, the country added 9.24 gigawatt of power capacity, including 1.27 GW of hydropower and 6.49 GW of thermal power.

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