The figure is equivalent to about 30% of China’s monthly coal production, according to recent government data. Inner Mongolia’s energy authorities didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment by CNN Business.
These steps underscore the challenges facing Beijing as it attempts to balance the country’s need for power with President Xi Jinping’s push for a carbon neutral China by 2060.
Coal is the main energy source of China, widely used for heating, power generation, and steel making. Last year, it made up nearly 60% of the country’s energy use. It is a major source of the country’s carbon emissions.
As a result, coal supply fell sharply, even as demand surged due to industrial growth and extreme weather conditions. That has driven coal prices to record highs and resulted in widespread shortages of power.