Demand for electricity hits a record high

Wu Ruofan
The electricity load in Shanghai reached 32.72 million kilowatts on Thursday as air conditioning and work resumption the main factors behind the increase.
Wu Ruofan
Demand for electricity hits a record high
Ti Gong

Workers at the State Grid Shanghai Company command center monitor real-time power usage to ensure a smooth electricity supply.

The electricity load in Shanghai hit a record high on Thursday, reaching 32.72 million kilowatts, an increase of 1.49 million kilowatts from last year's highest figure.

The previous record, of 32.68 million kilowatts, was in 2017.

Currently, the power supply citywide is sufficient, with an overall power supply capacity of about 35.5 million kilowatts, of which almost 60 percent is locally generated.

According to State Grid Shanghai, the general power usage this year has been gradually gaining with the reopening of the economy after the novel coronavirus epidemic. Demand for air-conditioning in the summer heat and work resumption were the main factors behind the high demand for power.

The company said it had improved its supply management systems to ensure the stable supply of electricity, focusing on maintenance and inspection of equipment, data analysis of faults and intelligent controls.

The power stability rate of the city so far this year reached 99.9917 percent, with the rate for central urban areas reaching 99.9997 percent. The average power failure time was 7.9 percent less than last year.

Emergency plans have also been carried out to safeguard the city from floods and typhoons amid the typical season. During Hagupit, the first typhoon passing Shanghai this year, all affected power grids had been repaired in time.

There are a total of 173 power repair stations throughout the city, with an emergency team of over 3,500 workers to respond to incidents.

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