Due to warmer-than-normal weather, power consumption increased in Chinese provinces north of the Yangtze River, with places such as Henan, China’s third-most populated province, being put to the test to meet record electrical demand.
On Sunday, the greatest power demand load in Henan, which has a population of about 100 million people, established a new record of 65.34 million kilowatts, according to official television.
While the provincial system was able to handle the high demand, energy supply in Henan is projected to be somewhat tough this summer, with the maximum load expected to rise to about 75 million kilowatts.
As temperatures increase, so does demand for electricity as households and businesses turn up the air conditioning, peaking in China at the end of July and beginning of August.
Temperatures in Henan’s capital Zhengzhou, where Foxconn (2317.TW), a major Taiwanese Apple supplier, has recently touched 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).
In contrast to the highest rainfall in 60 years in southern China, Henan and neighboring Shandong, as well as portions of Hebei, have experienced searing heatwaves and drought-like conditions this month. more info
The hot weather will continue through Tuesday, with Henan, Hebei, and Shandong remaining the hot spots, according to China’s meteorological department.
“For this region, it is rare to see such persistence and intensity in high temperatures at this time in June,” it stated.
Concerned about crops in Henan, a key growing zone with fertile land the size of Sri Lanka, agricultural authorities visited the province on Sunday to check on local water supplies.
Land surface temperatures in Henan topped 60 degrees Celsius at 92 meteorological stations this month, with one reaching 74.1 degrees, according to local media.
The highest power demand load in Jiangsu, China’s fourth-most populated province, surpassed 100 million kilowatts for the first time this summer on June 17, 19 days sooner than in 2021.
Prolonged periods of high temperatures may require China to restrict, stagger, or ration industrial customers’ power use during peak hours.