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UPDATE 1-China March Power Output up 17.6 pct; Wind Surges
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BEIJING, Apr. 15 -- China's power generation in March rose 17.6 percent from a year earlier to 336.95 billion kilowatt hours (kWh), official data showed on Thursday, extending recent rapid growth on the back of rising industrial demand.

Still, the rate could have been partially overstated because of a low base figure a year earlier, when the world's third largest economy was weighed under a global slowdown.

Output from thermal power plants gained 19.7 percent from a year earlier while production by hydropower stations dropped 1.5 percent, the data showed.

Electricity output from wind farms, which is minor compared with thermal and hydro plants, surged 87.5 percent to 3.15 billion kwh, amounting to half of the generation levels of nuclear plants.

In the first three months, overall power production increased 20.8 percent on year but wind power output soared 99.3 percent to 8.17 billion kWh.

Beijing has forecast tight power supply in parts of China this year, though it did not elaborate.

A power shortage caused by severe drought in southwest China has spread to Hubei province after hitting the export hub Guangdong recently, prompting additional demand for coal-fired generation.


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