Country Plans to Use High Voltage Power Lines to Lower Electricity Rates
The State Grid Corp. of China must be allowed to connect to the regional power grids to the ultra high voltage or the UHV transmission lines in efforts to lower electricity prices nationwide and to also reduce smog that is caused by coal burning plants in coastal regions.
Chairman of the power distribution firm Liu Zhenya stated at a panel discussion during the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference that the UHV lines from Xinjiang to Shanghai can be used and will result in saving around 10 to 20 fen per kilowatt per hour which is 25 percent on power sales in Shanghai. Using coal fired along with clean energy from solar and wind rich western regions going to consumption centers in the coastal and central areas will assist in cutting air pollution that has worsen in recent years and is now one of the top priority of the Central Government.
Industry analysts and executives stated that the State Grid which is the monopoly power distributor in all although the country’s five southern provinces are facing difficulties in getting approval for new projects as concerns that the highly interconnected and interdependent national network will be attracting security risks.