A Virtual Power Plant that Creates Real Energy


Guangdong is in southern People’s Republic of China. Its population of 92 million has grown an average 2.2% per year since 1995. Its economy is the largest and fastest-growing among the country’s provinces.

In 2007, before the project started, Guangdong’s installed generation capacity totaled 59.3 gigawatts, one of the biggest in the country. However, power demand has grown 13% per year since 1995, and Guangdong imports its coal, oil, and electricity (100%, 80%, and 20%, respectively) from other provinces. Power demand has outpaced capacity, causing severe power shortages during peak hours in summer.


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