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Beijing Power Load Reaches Historical High, Residents Complain of Insufficient Heating Through Severe Winter

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Beijing Power Load Reaches Historical High, Residents Complain of Insufficient Heating Through Severe Winter

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Beijing Electric Power Company announced on Jan. 7 that as of 9 p.m. Jan. 6, the power load of the Beijing Power Grid had reached 24.51 million kilowatts, setting a new historical record. Meanwhile, many Beijing residents complained on social media of insufficient heating. The entire China has already entered an extremely cold winter. Temperatures in Beijing have been the lowest since 1966. On Jan. 7, the daily minimum reached -19.6 degrees Celsius (-3.28 degree Fahrenheit). Residents in Beijing have said that the paid collective heating service has been insufficient, with indoor temperatures being lower than in previous years. Many have reported temperatures not even reaching the government-required minimum of 18 degrees Celsius (64.4 Fahrenheit). And the household AC needs to be turned on for heating all the time, which consumes a lot of electricity. There have also been reports of power outages, water outages, and heating outages from some …

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