Energy Crisis: Shanghai turns off skyscrapers and luminous street signs

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In the Chinese metropolis of Shanghai, electricity supply is not currently guaranteed. owing to the heatwave, the city can generate significantly less electricity from hydroelectric energy. Now even the exterior lights of the city’s skyscrapers and luminous street signs have been turned off. 

Authorities of the metropolis, with a population of 26 million inhabitants, have announced that illumination of the landscape and advertising valleys in the areas along the Huangpu river will be turned off during the day to control energy consumption. The Shanghai Landscaping and City Appearance Administrative Bureau have offered their apologised for “any inconvenience this may cause” as reported by

This also means that Shanghai’s most iconic waterfront light show in the Bund district of Shanghai will shut down temporarily for 2 days whilst China deals with the ongoing energy shortage during the intense doubt Shanghai is experiencing currently. 

The worse drought in the Sichuan province in more than half a century and a heatwave that has increased the need for air condition is affecting the hydroelectric energy generation of and drying the banks of the Yangtze river. 

Shanghai obtains part of it’s electricity through the transmission lines of various dams along the Yangtze river, including the Xiangjiaba on the border of the Sichuan, Yunnan and Three Gorges provinces, the biggst electricity centre in the world. 

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