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World's largest clean energy corridor supplies China with electricity


As a strong cold wave hits China, the national electricity load has continued to climb. In the face of the coming peak electricity consumption, power companies have made every effort to ensure a safe and stable supply of electricity.

The world's largest clean energy corridor along China's Yangtze River produced over 276 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity last year, up 5.34 percent year on year. The increase is equivalent to reducing standard coal consumption by around 83 million tonnes and lowering carbon dioxide emissions by more than 200 million tonnes.

The corridor, consisting of six mega hydropower stations, was completed in December 2022, with the Baihetan hydropower station in its upper section fully operational.

The other five stations along the corridor are the Wudongde, Xiluodu, Xiangjiaba, Three Gorges and Gezhouba power stations.

The six hydropower plants transmit electricity from the resource-rich west to energy-consuming regions in the east, with a total installed capacity of around 71.7 million kilowatts.

The corridor can generate electricity from a single drop of water six times, with an average annual clean energy output of about 300 billion kilowatt-hours, which can meet the annual electricity consumption needs of more than 300 million people.

(Cover via CMG.)

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