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China's power use rises 12.5% in May

Xinhua | Updated: 2021-06-16 09:53

Two State Grid technicians check power transmission facilities in Chuzhou, Anhui province. [Photo by Song Weixing/For China Daily]

BEIJING - China's electricity consumption, a key barometer of economic activity, expanded 12.5 percent year-on-year in May as the country's economy continued to recover steadily, official data showed on Tuesday.

Total power use was 672.4 billion kWh last month, according to the National Energy Administration (NEA).

In May, power consumption by primary and secondary industries rose 13.9 percent and 11.5 percent from a year ago, respectively, while that used by tertiary industries surged 23.4 percent year-on-year.

The secondary industry was the major driver of the growth in the total power consumption during the period, contributing to around 65 percent of the total increase, said the NEA.

Residential power consumption registered a 5.6-percent yearly increase in May.

In the first five months of the year, China's power consumption totaled 3.23 trillion kWh, up 17.7 percent year-on-year, data from the NEA showed.

China's economy grew 18.3 percent year-on-year in the first quarter, as strong domestic and foreign demand powered recovery from a low base in early 2020 when COVID-19 stalled the world's second-largest economy.

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