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Over Exploitation Of Hydropower In Southwest China: The Negative Impacts On Energy Conservation And Pollution Control In China

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During the three decades of reform and opening, China's economy has experienced remarkable development. To most people, hydropower evokes images of magnificent dams, far-reaching power transmission lines, and huge spinning turbines. Energy intensive industry (EII) follows closely behind the expansion of hydropower projects in Sichuan province. Integrating hydropower and metallurgical enterprises stimulated the growth of EII. The rapid expansion of EII, while raising the GDP growth rate in the regions where they're located, has increased power consumption. In the minds of many people in China's south, "West-East power transmission" primarily means transmitting the hydropower of the Southwest to the coastal regions in order to fill the gap in power supply as well as to substitute part of electricity generated through coal so as to reduce pollution.

Keywords: energy intensive industry (EII); hydropower stations; pollution control; Southwest China



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