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Power Strains in Tianjin, Switch-off begins
enorth.com.cn   2004-06-16 15:24


(Enorth.com.cn, June 16, 2004) Due to the severe situation of power shortage in Tianjin, the Municipal Government has made its decision to practice switch-offs in some areas since 10th, June, Tianjin Power Department sources. According to a senior official from power department, the peak power consumption will go up 10% this year to a 5,100,000 - 5,150,000 kilowatt, which forms a 400,000–500,000 kilowatt power shortfall. The situation is not optimistic now.

Switch-off & Punishment

The switch-offs include three stages. The move first begins in Ji, Ninghe and Jinghai County. Then it spreads to seven other districts, which are Wuqing, Baodi, Dongli, Xiqing, Jinnan, Beichen and Binhai District. The urban area will be the last one.

The switch-offs will choose the daily power consumption peak hours, which is at about 11:00 am, and is expected to last 1 to 2 hours. To assure the basic living needs of local citizens, the switch-offs will target the industrial sections and power consumers who didn’t pay their bills. As a result, the first day of swith-off in Binhai and Wuqing District saved 170,000 kilowatt. An official from Power Department declared that if the switch-off couldn’t ease the power shortfall, the city night illuminations had to be closed.

According to Checking Department, there’s no severe power- stealing case in Tianjin. If the case happens, the criminal law must give a serious punishment to the thieves.

Intensive Situation: Planned Power consumption

In recent years, electricity consumption remained a strong increase along with the rapid economic development. During the first four months, power consumption was up to 436.77 kilowatt, 10.85% higher than in the same period last year. This nearly overran the limitation arranged by the North China Electricity Network. It is predicted that the largest consumption amount, which is estimated to be 5,100,000–5,150,000 kilowatt, 10% higher than the same period of last year. In case, a 400,000–500,000 shortage tap appears. A higher temperature forecasts a larger power consumption. In this way, the planned power consumption system will be back 10 years laster.

Official from local Power Corporation told us that there are four main problems causing the stern situation. Firstly, the demands exceed the capability of the electricity-generating machineries. The second problem comes from the feeble electricity transportation network, comparing to the huge needs for energy in urbanization. The safety production law, on the contrary, obstructed the construction of energy facilities. The amendments of these regulations are badly needed. The destruction of power facilities is also blamed for the problem. This is a nationwide electricity shortage. The switch-offs had been the longest in the recent ten years.

Peak Hour Pricing & Energy Saving

Switch-offs work well. Temperature dropped in recent days. The whole situation smoothed. But the our civil society must made it clear to the public that a stable power supply is still not optimistic.

As well, changes in the everyday habits of citizens are expected to save energy. Municipal government have called upon local residents to practise thrift in electricity use. Following the advice to reduce waste caused by standby electrical appliances, experts are suggesting people turn off air conditioner an hour before they leave the room.

None of these measures is particularly difficult to execute. They are petty things everyone can do, but they are often neglected. In our battle to prevent a full-blown power crisis, however, every trifle counts.


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