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China in power shortage warning

CHINA says it is facing serious power shortages as severe winter weather continues to cause UNUSUALLY high demand for electricity. Thirteen regions have already started to ration power supplies. Coal reserves are down to emergency levels and stockpiles are only high enough to generate power for the whole country for eight days. Winter demand is at its peak, and low water levels have caused hydroelectric output tofall, further driving demand for coal power. 70% of all coal deliveries are made by road, and heavy snowfall and icy conditions have contributed to supply problems.
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