July 15, 2015 / 3:38 AM / 4 years ago

TABLE-China June power consumption rises 1.8 pct

July 15 (Reuters) - China consumed 472.3 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of
electricity in June, up 1.8 percent from the previous year, figures from the
country's National Energy Administration showed on Wednesday.
    The year-on-year growth rates have been recovering steadily since March,
when consumption fell 2.2 percent and total power generation dropped by its
biggest margin since 2008. 
    Consumption in the first six months of the year reached 2.662 trillion kWh,
1.3 percent higher than the same period in 2014.
    According to data from the National Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday, China
produced 474.5 billion kWh of power in June, up 0.5 percent compared to the same
period last year, but thermal power generation fell 5.8 percent to 336.3 billion
kWh as grids switched to cleaner hydropower. 
    Average utilisation rates at thermal power plants have fallen by 217 hours
in the first six months of the year, the NEA said.       
    Following is a breakdown of China's power consumption and other data for
June, posted on the administration's website (www.nea.gov.cn).
    For news and data on China's power market, please click. 
    
                              June   Y/Y chg         Jan-June        Y/Y chg
                         (bln kWh)     (pct)        (bln kWh)          (pct)
Total power use              472.3       1.8           2662.4            1.3
Of which:
      Residential             53.0       3.5            354.5            4.8
      Non-residential*       419.3
-Primary industry~            10.6       6.3             44.1            0.9
-Secondary industry          350.2       0.6           1924.4           -0.5
Of which:
      Light industry          60.7       2.9            320.5            2.1
      Heavy industry         283.8       0.3           1569.8           -0.9
-Tertiary industry            58.5       6.7            339.7            8.1

                                         Jan-June       Y/Y chg
Power plant utilisation                   (hours)       (hours)
    Average                                  1936          -151
Of which:
    Thermal plants                           2158          -217
    Hydro plants                             1512            82
    Wind plants                              1002            16

                                         Jan-June        Y/Y chg
Coal use in generation                (grams/kWh)    (grams/kWh)
                                              314           -3.0

                                         Jan-June
New generation capacity                      (GW)
Total                                       43.38
Of which:
     Thermal                                23.43
     Hydro                                   5.06

                                         end-June        Y/Y chg
Total generation capacity^                   (GW)          (pct)
Total                                    1,359.51            8.7
Of which:
       Thermal                             935.01            6.4
       Hydropower                          268.13            5.7
       Nuclear                              22.14           24.5
       Wind                                104.91           26.8


    * Calculated by Reuters based on available government figures.
    ~ Primary industry refers to agriculture, animal husbandry, fishery and
forestry. 
    ^ Excludes units with capacity of less than 6 megawatts.

 (Reporting by David Stanway; Editing by Sunil Nair)
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