China to reduce power cuts by updating electricity distribution network

   BEIJING, Sept. 2 (Greenpost) — China aims to substantially reduce power cuts in five years by updating its electricity distribution network, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the country’s top economic planner.

The NDRC released a document on Wednesday on its website to guide the construction and update of the power distribution network.

According to government plans, power cuts in cities will last less than 1 hour annually by 2020. Suspension of electricity supply in towns and villages should be capped under 10 and 24 hours per year respectively by 2020.

The document is the latest of a series of official guidance on construction and update of China’s power distribution network.

The National Energy Administration (NEA) announced on Monday that China will invest at least 2 trillion yuan in the country’s power distribution network from 2015 to 2020, with the minimum investment of 300 billion yuan in 2015.

By 2020, China’s high-voltage power distribution network will be 1.01 million kilometers long and its electric transformation capacity will reach 2.1 billion kilovolt-amps (KVA).

In addition, China plans to increase the number of electric charging and transformation stations and posts to 12,000 and 4.8 million respectively by 2020, which will be able to meet the demand of 5 million electric vehicles. (Edited by Huang Xiaolan,

Source Xinhua

Editor Xuefei Chen Axelsson

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