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Shanghai cuts power supply to over 1,000 industrial users due to shortfall

For the first time this summer, Shanghai's power company cut supply to 1,435 industrial users in suburban Qingpu and Songjiang districts yesterday due to a serious shortfall in the areas, the Oriental Morning Post reported today.

As the power load hit a new record at 24.1 gigawatts about 10:45am yesterday, the power company had to switch off supply to some factories to ensure sufficient supply for residential use, the report said.

By 3:30pm, power supply to industrial users resumed as normal, it added.

As the city tries to juggle a tight power supply with spikes in demand, industrial users will be required to close when a potential power shortage occurs, as households will get priority, according to the local power company.

The recent scorching weather has imposed high pressure on the local power grid, as sweltering residents crank up their air conditioning.


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