NANJING, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- East China's economic powerhouse Jiangsu Province saw its electricity consumption exceed 710 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) in 2021, up 11.4 percent from 2020, hitting a record high.
The total consumption was a bit more than the annual power generation of seven Three Gorges Hydroelectric Power Station on China's Yangtze River, while the industrial electricity consumption, the lion's share of the total, reached nearly 500 billion kWh, according to the State Grid Jiangsu Electric Power Co., Ltd.
Notably, industries like transportation, information technology as well as wholesale and retail in Jiangsu recorded a year-on-year electricity consumption growth of more than 20 percent in 2021, the company said.
It added that Jiangsu's rapid increase in energy consumption is an indication of its stable economic growth despite cities like Nanjing and Yangzhou confronting COVID-19 resurgence last summer.
"More and more enterprises in the advanced manufacturing and service sectors are reducing their carbon emissions and seeking digital transformation, which has driven the electricity consumption growth of Jiangsu over the years," said Li Hu, a researcher with the company.