Provincial power bureaus in China to close by year’s end

November 30, 2000 (ChinaOnline)–China will close the power bureaus in provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under central government administration within this year and remove government control over power from all specialized administrative departments, according to a notice from the General Office of the State Council.

The power bureaus in Inner Mongolia, Guangdong and Hainan have already been closed, while the administrative functions related to the power supply in other provinces will also be removed as soon as possible, reported Zhongxinshe ( China News Service ) on Nov. 22.

In addition, China will speed up the separation of power plants and power grids and power supply with price competition in the experimental areas in six provinces and municipalities, including Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang, Shanghai, Zhejiang and Shandong. This will end the monopoly in the power generation and supply sectors, the article said.

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