"Chinese Endure Power Shortages as Coal Runs Short"

"SHANGHAI -- Communities in central and northern China are facing power cuts and rationing as winter coal supplies fall short of surging demand.

Cold weather and transport disruptions typically cause shortages most years, but the problem has been complicated by coal producers' unhappiness over price controls that are crimping their profits.

China's State Grid, the government power provider, said in reports seen Monday on its websites that recent winter storms had pushed demand higher while worsening traffic bottlenecks, hindering coal deliveries. "

Elaine Kurtenbach reports for the Associated Press December 20, 2010.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010