Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Empty coal cars in Zhengzhou North Railway Station, 2019. Credit: Windmemories/Wikimedia Commons China’s generators are struggling to keep the country’s lights on. More than half of the country’s provinces are now rationing electricity, disrupting the daily lives of tens of millions and threatening further disruption for stretched global supply chains. The main problem hasn’t been a shortage of power generating capacity, but rather the soaring price of coal, on which China remains overwhelmingly reliant for energy. As prices have risen, power generators have found it unprofitable to keep operating, thanks also to government-imposed caps on the electricity prices they could charge. Other factors, including the power consumption reduction targets different provinces are pursuing and instability in renewable energy supplies, have contributed to the crunch. The disruption may continue for months, with the effects becoming more severe as China enters the winter season. How Beijing decides to respond could have lasting implications for China’s energy supplSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.