People’s Daily. Demand for electricity in Beijing hit 10.51 million kilowatts—the highest so far this year—as more families and businesses switch on the air conditioners in the early summer heat, according to Beijing Electric Power Corporation.
The figure is already close to last year’s peak demand of 10.81 million kilowatts even though the city still has three months of searing heat to come.
The company forecasts Beijing’s maximum demand will hit 13 million kilowatts, up 20 percent on last year. Air conditioners alone will consume 4.9 million kilowatts of electricity, 38 percent of the total consumption, it said.
Beijing’s electricity demand was around 8.4 million kilowatts before June 5 but has climbed sharply ever since as the temperature has hovered around a high of 36 degrees Celsius [97°F] for the last five days. The municipal meteorological station said it saw no sign of immediate temperature drops.
Many other Chinese cities are reporting a summer power crunch.