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However, Hainan province is not yet connected with the others. Interconnections have developed rapidly since 2000; five of the six main grids are now interconnected (Figure 5). In addition, a 500 kV AC transmission backbone (4 600 km in length) links Northeast China with North China, and North China with Central China, tying together almost 200 GW of generation capacity. Central China is now also connected with the East China and South China grids through 500 kV DC lines. In July 2005, the Northwest China grid, which has a lower maximum voltage of 330 kV, was linked with the North China Grid.

Non-hydro renewables, mainly wind, account for less than 1%. Among the power from fossil units, coal supplies over 90%. 7%) of total fossil capacity. Gas-fired capacity has since more than doubled, but much of it is idle due to lack of fuel. Approximately 4-5% of total thermal fossil capacity is fuelled by oil. Diesel-fuelled plants are especially common in coastal provinces such as Guangdong, which has a long history of power shortages. The structure of generating capacity varies significantly from region to region (Table 4).

6% of total generating capacity. More plants are coming on line quickly. Non-hydro renewables, mainly wind, account for less than 1%. Among the power from fossil units, coal supplies over 90%. 7%) of total fossil capacity. Gas-fired capacity has since more than doubled, but much of it is idle due to lack of fuel. Approximately 4-5% of total thermal fossil capacity is fuelled by oil. Diesel-fuelled plants are especially common in coastal provinces such as Guangdong, which has a long history of power shortages.

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