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Shenzhen power surges

Shenzhen’s strong thirst for power – of the electrical kind – continued in May, with the latest official data showing consumption up 26.3% to 40.2 billion kWh in the first five months. That was up 18% over the same period in 2019, showing the city has more than resumed its growth trajectory since the Covid-19 pandemic struck. 

It was the services sector of the economy that saw the fastest growth, with power consumption up 34.3% year-on-year, while industrial usage grew 22.1%.

The city’s power load surpassed 20 million kw for the first time in May, putting it into the mainland’s top five behind the much larger cities of Shanghai, Suzhou, Beijing and Chongqing. In terms of power density per unit of land, however, Shenzhen is No. 1, ahead of even Hong Kong.

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