Several provinces in China recently saw mass blackouts as the state-owned electric utility provider took measures to restrict electricity usage due to power shortage. The shortage continued to worsen after China banned Australian coal amid a growing trade spat between the two countries.
In the province of Guangdong, several cities, including Shenzhen and Guangzhou, whole streets remained in the dark as outdoor lights were also turned off amid the power cut. Some reported that the supply of water was also affected since midnight.
A Guangzhou resident contacted the China Southern Power Grid and was told the grid has faulted, thus affecting power supply in several districts. Apart from facilities including hospitals, elder homes and school dormitories, some mobile networks were also disrupted as the transceiver stations also experienced power cuts.
China’s biggest utility company, the State Grid Corporation of China, imposed a series of measures since last Friday to ensure reliable power supply, after several provinces experienced electricity shortfalls.
In Yiwu of Zhejiang province, outdoor lights including street lamps and shop signs were all turned off in recent days. Cars must switch on their headlights to make their way through the pitch black at night. Some residents worry that the policy, which will last till the end of the year, will affect safety and encourage crime.
Factories are purchasing and renting diesel generators to ensure a steady supply of electricity. A provider reveals they have sold 13 machines in the last three days, with many queries from plants in Yiwu. Another provider has rented out 50 machines at the price of 8,000 yuan (US$1,223) per month, 2,000 yuan more than last year.
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