• Scott SK Fong

A PLEDGE...Then this happens

Updated: Sep 30

Do you believe in signs? Not more than 24 hours after making a pledge to go carbon neutral, we receive a notice from our electricity company. The timing is curiously spooky. At our second production site, the message reads (translated from Chinese)

"Dear customer:

Recently, as the temperature continues to rise, the province's electricity load rises rapidly, the city's power supply presents a situation of tension. We are sorry to inform you that (Tuesday, September 28, 2021) the electricity warning signal in our city is (orange), there is a power supply gap. Users of F16 Line and all XJX are requested to actively stop production during the off-peak power consumption period (07:00 -- 23:00) (Tuesday, September 28, 2021), and only the power consumption of security load should not exceed 15% of the total load. If you refuse to use electricity orderly, we can take compulsory measures. If there is any change, the notice of the day shall prevail. Thank you for your support and cooperation to our work!"

In reality, the industrial estate managers are weary of factories not complying and are telling operators to completely shut down their production. If the industrial estate exceeds their limit, the entire complex is cut off from supply, so even if we are able to run small scale production that does not exceed 15% of total load, we are simply not allowed to produce.

So literally the translation is "No electricity Tuesdays and Thursdays...have a nice day".

It seems like the world media have already caught on to the happenings and have instantly pounded the doom and gloom button:

We are fortunate enough to have two locations, with two different "off" days. Now that we have been served, it is a matter for us to re-organise who, when and where. It's not ideal at all, but there is certainly a way to manage around this to minimise any losses in output or delays.

Strange days ahead!!! Maybe I'll be careful of what I pledge next.

Update: Searching around for some reasons as to why - Occam's razor may have an answer. It seems coal pricing is experiencing an increase that wouldn't be out of place in a crypto wallet.

source: https://markets.businessinsider.com/commodities/coal-price

Perhaps this problem will only abate in the short term if the price also drops like a crypto asset can, and once the country finally weans itself from fossil fuels. Accordingly China vows to achieve emissions standards and reach carbon neutrality by 2060 - so we could be in for a long wait.

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