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Standards being set for electricity use

GOVERNMENT buildings and large public structures, such as shopping malls and business towers, will be penalized with higher electric rates if they fail to abide by new energy-saving standards being developed by the city, Shanghai Construction Commission officials said yesterday.

Local standards for all such buildings will be developed over the next two years and will take effect soon after that, said Shen Xiaosu, the deputy director of the construction commission.

A high-tech monitoring center began operating fully yesterday as a part of the plan to curb unnecessary power use inside hundreds of public buildings.

"Private households tend to be more economical, while past investigations prove the public buildings are always much more extravagant in power consumption," Shen said.

The center is being connected via monitoring devices to public buildings covered by the standards.

The center records the buildings' real-time power consumption data, sorted by uses, such as the power used for lighting, elevators and air-conditioning.


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