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Coal no solution for China's drought-driven factory shutdowns

Sichuan would be better off using more gas, solar and wind

| China
A dry and cracked paddy field in Neijiang, Sichuan province, on Aug. 24: Drought and heat waves have exposed the vulnerability of the power system in central China.   © VCG/Getty Images

Liutong Zhang is director of energy advisory service WaterRock Energy Economics in Hong Kong.

Sichuan province has long been known as China's furnace, but this year's summer heat has been extraordinary in its intensity and impact.

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