BEIJING, May 27 (Xinhua) -- China's major power plants generated 510.7 billion kilowatt-hours of power in April, up 6.9 percent year on year, data showed.
Thermal power production reached 378.4 billion kilowatt-hours with a year-on-year increase of 7.3 percent in April, while hydropower and nuclear power plants created 70.1 billion kilowatt-hours and 21.5 billion kilowatt-hours, respectively, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.
Electricity generated by wind and solar farms in April saw strong year-on-year growth of 22.6 percent and 26.4 percent, generating 32.84 billion kilowatt-hours and 7.7 billion kilowatt-hours, respectively, as China has been promoting renewable energy such as wind and solar power in recent years to cope with pollution and boost growth quality.
Power generation rose 7.7 percent year on year in the first four months of 2018 to reach 2.08 trillion kilowatt-hours.
China's total electricity consumption was 2.1 trillion kilowatt-hours in the Jan.-April period, up 9.3 percent from a year earlier, indicating the economy continued to stabilize and improve, according to the National Development and Reform Commission.