In an effort to alleviate pressure on the city’s power supplies, Beijing’s Municipal Development and Reform Commission will introduce variable pricing this summer. The cost of electricity at peak hours will be over four times the cost of consumption in low-use periods. Peak hours have been defined as from 11:00 to 13:00 and from 20:00 to 21:00, July to September.

The commission has also decided to stop power supply completely to industrial users at certain times, and has called on both government institutions and the public to save as much energy as possible. All these initiatives are designed to ensure that important construction programmes related to the 2008 Olympic Games are not affected.