China’s largest utility plans a national power grid integrating Internet of Things technologies


A technician examines the transmission line on an ultra-high voltage system in Huaian, Jiangsu province, in 2015. State Grid’s internet technologies project is another part of its plan to upgrade China’s power infrastructure. Photo: Xinhua

China has unveiled an ambitious plan to establish a nationwide smart power grid employing internet technologies such as 5G and artificial intelligence, with the first phase to be completed within two years.

The scheme was outlined in a recent white paper by the State Grid Corporation, China’s largest utility company, which operates roughly 90 per cent of the country’s electricity grids. The state-owned monopoly is also one of the biggest utility companies in the world, making US$9.5 billion in profits last year.

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