China`s capacity shortfall expanding

The gap between electricity demand and capacity is widening in China, according to the Chinese government, which recently reported that nonrenewable energy output has grown 3.4 percent annually since 1991, while consumption jumped 5.6 percent each year. Coal consumption has been increasing 3.5 percent annually, crude oil production 1.5 percent and natural gas at 16 percent. Electrical output is expected to reach 4.19 trillion kWh by 2000, a 9.8-percent annual growth rate.