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China's electricity consumption up 5.5% in H1

Aug. 1, 2012 (China Knowledge) - China's power consumption reached 2,380 terawatt hours (TWh) in the first half of this year, up 5.5% compared to the same period of last year, according to statistics released by the National Energy Administration.

The growth rate for the six-month period was 6.7% lower than that in the corresponding period of last year mainly because of a sharp slowdown in industrial and high energy consumption industries.

During the period from January to June, primary industry saw its electricity consumption decrease 2% YoY, while the power consumption of secondary and tertiary industry rose 3.7% and 12.1% from a year earlier, respectively.

Electricity consumed by residents in urban and rural area increased 12.7% YoY during the six months period.
In the first half of 2012, China's electricity output from medium-and large-scaled power plant increased 3.7% YoY. The hydroelectric power rose 9.9% and the thermal power grew 2.6% during the period.

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