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China's climate goals leave a province torn between past and future

Hydropower-rich Yunnan struggles to balance role as dry season wreaks havoc

The Baihetan hydropower plant. Yunnan Province's prodigious but intermittent power sources have attracted a raft of electrolytic aluminum producers, who have since been told to use less electricity.   © Reuters

The scenic southwestern province of Yunnan is known for its tourism and rich hydropower resources. Over the past few years, it has donned a new name, "the aluminum valley of China," thanks to the massive relocation of electrolytic aluminum producers attracted by the region's low electricity prices from all that hydropower.

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