Policy and coal shortage key factors in China's power crunch

Ambitious carbon goals, uneven policy implementation, freak weather and rising commodity prices have led to power cuts in parts of China. PHOTO: REUTERS
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BEIJING - Late last month, residents in Changling county of Jilin province started receiving notices warning of power cuts. Within days, power was cut at random hours, leaving residents little chance to prepare for these periods.

"Sometimes it lasted hours, sometimes it was the entire day. It was very difficult, especially for those of us with children and elderly family members," said Madam Chen Na, 34.

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