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How China stumbled into a painful energy shortage

Surging electricity demand and plunging coal supplies create a perfect storm

Since late September, many parts of China have suffered severe electricity supply shortages. Local governments imposed power cuts and rationing on industrial users and even residents.   © Reuters

The perfect storm that created China's worst power crunch grew out of surging energy demand amid the post-pandemic recovery and plunging coal supplies due to the government's emission-reduction campaign.

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