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Officials like city's power outlook

WITH greater local power capacity and more support from other provinces of the national grid, Shanghai's power supply this summer is expected to be better than last year, electricity authorities said yesterday.

Shanghai Electric Power Co Ltd, the city's electricity supplier, put this summer's power capacity at 28,200 megawatts.

That's 17.5 percent more than last year.

"Through years of updating the city's power facility, Shanghai's power supply system has been improved," said Wang Changxing, official of the company.

Wang said the national grid, also with an updated transmission network, "will play a significant role this summer" to increase the supply.

But Wang said parts of the Hongqiao area and Pudong, Songjiang and Baoshan districts face potential shortages because power facilities there have not been updated to meet the increased demand.

Wang blamed the delay on residents who have protested the installation of bigger transformation stations.

"Some residents insisted that a bigger transformation station would bring more radiation harmful to health, which is totally unscientific and baseless," Wang told Shanghai Daily yesterday.

Meanwhile, Wang denied that the World Cup would strain the city's power supply by causing many residents to stay up late at night every day to watch soccer matches, soaking up extra electricity.

"The peak hours of electricity consumption are usually in the morning, and watching television at night will not affect much of the power situation," Wang said.


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