What's behind China's regional power outages

Many provinces are failing to meet targets set to downsize energy consumption and improve energy efficiency. PHOTO: AFP
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BEIJING (CAIXIN GLOBAL) - Many regions across China have been in the grip of a power shortage in the past few weeks. In the central province of Hunan, some building facade lighting and billboards are being turned off during peak hours.

In the southern trade hub of Guangdong, some factories have been ordered to shut down for up to a week. In North-east China, residents are experiencing sudden power blackouts that last for hours.

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