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For people living in north and central China, winter just got a bit colder. A shortage of coal has left power companies unable to meet heating energy demands. It’s forcing some areas to ration electricity.
Coal shortages are nothing new to the region, with bad weather often disrupting deliveries.
But this year, matters are worse. Coal companies are holding back some of their supply, because they are not willing to sell to power companies at the below-market rates mandated by the Chinese regime.
Coal provides about three quarters of China’s electricity, and it’s used to power the large, centralized heating systems of the north.
Coastal cities have had it a bit better as they are able to supplement with imported coal.