China Limits Power Use After Boasting Coal Would Save It from Blackouts

China Limits Power Use After Boasting Coal Would Save It from Blackouts


Less than a month after China proudly boasted that its heavy use of coal-fired power plants would spare the country from blackouts and keep its factories humming, Chinese industrial provinces are imposing power restrictions to control soaring demand for electricity.

The South China Morning Post (SCMP) noted on Friday these power restrictions are explicitly hitting Chinese heavy industry – the very same power consumers Chinese officials were bragging about keeping satisfied with their mountains of burning coal in July:

Jiangsu, China’s second wealthiest province that neighbors Shanghai, has imposed restrictions on some steel mills and copper plants, the province’s steel association and industry research group Shanghai Metals Market said on Friday.

The central province of Anhui has also shut down all independently operated electric furnace

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