....."As a result curbs on power consumption have been implemented across two-thirds of China, disrupting factory production and daily life.
Some factories have shut down altogether. China's power cuts will further disrupt international supply chains already stretched by the pandemic. Factories have had to reduce production at a time when they are usually ramping up for the December holiday season.
In Guangdong, China's most populous province, authorities have banned the use of elevators in office buildings for the third floor and below, encouraged residents to use natural light as much as possible, and asked for air conditioners to be adjusted to higher temperatures. Beijing and Shanghai canceled annual light shows during the Golden Week holiday that spanned the first week of October.
The energy shortage has been exacerbated by continued severe weather. In northern Shanxi province, 27 coal mines were closed last week due to flooding. In China's southern Yunnan province, hydropower has been crimped for much of the year by drought - much as it has in California."