China's energy consumption per unit of GDP continues to decrease in Q1

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An aerial photo of the Taiyangshan wind power station in the city of Wuzhong, northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, on Aug. 24, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

China's energy consumption per unit of GDP continued to decrease in the first quarter 2019.

The overall amount decreased 2.7 percent year on year and the rate of enterprises above designated scale went down 3.4 percent, said National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). Industrial companies with an annual prime operating revenue no less than 20 million yuan (about 2.97 million U.S. dollars) are counted as enterprises above designated scale.

China's demand and supply saw sustaining improvement in structure in Q1, said Liu Wenhua, an energy official of NBS.

Compared to the same period last year, share of clean energy including natural gas, wind, hydropower and nuclear energy in China's total energy consumption went up 1.5 percentage points, while the proportion of coal consumption decreased 1.8 percentage points.

According to the initial estimate of NBS, energy consumption nationwide rose 3.5 percent year on year in the first three months. 

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