Standing at the moment of fruitful development of Sichuan power grid, how to view the achievements made in the past 40 years and what direction will we focus on in the future? On December 14, our reporter interviewed Tan Hongen, chairman and party secretary of State Grid Sichuan electric power company.

Speeding up the pace of power reform at home and abroad

Reporter: if you use one word to describe the 40 year journey of Sichuan power grid, which word do you think? Why?

Tan Hongen: excellence. Over the past 40 years, Sichuan power grid has achieved leaps and bounds again and again, continuously promoting Sichuan power industry from small to large, from weak to strong, rising voltage level and breakthrough transmission capacity. Our power support capacity has also been greatly improved. For example, we have sent teams to provide strong power support for the recent rescue of the Baige barrier lake on the Jinsha River and the landslide in Xuyong, Luzhou.

Reporter: what do you think is the far-reaching impact of reform and opening up on the development of Sichuan power grid?

Tan Hongen: in order to develop the economy, power must go first. Power is a basic industry to ensure social and economic development and improve people’s living standards. Power grid is a basic platform to connect power plants and users and optimize the allocation of energy resources. Over the past 40 years, State Grid Sichuan electric power has actively implemented the national energy strategic deployment. Under the strong leadership of the provincial Party committee and the provincial government and State Grid Corporation, it is committed to providing safer, more economical, cleaner and more reliable power supply for people’s life and industrial and agricultural production, effectively supporting social and economic development, and constantly creating new records in scale, capacity and innovation.

The power system reform itself is the highlight of the reform. This year marks the 40th anniversary of reform and opening up. Sichuan is also accelerating the pace of electric power reform, deepening and implementing various reforms. We will resolutely implement the central power reform No. 9 document and the provincial government (2018) No. 26 document, cooperate with relevant departments to actively promote external reform, reduce prices and fees by giving full play to the role of market mechanism, cleaning up and standardizing the price increase of switching power supply, deepen the internal reform of enterprises, actively promote the mixed ownership reform of comprehensive energy services and incremental distribution projects, and strive to make a breakthrough in the near future.

Take multiple measures to build a strong and intelligent power grid

Reporter: looking forward to the future, what do you think are the shortcomings of Sichuan power grid?

Tan Hongen: Sichuan power grid connects South China, North China, East China, Northwest China and Tibet power grids. It has developed into a provincial hub power grid with the most voltage levels, the largest exchange power and the most complex operation control. Its safe and stable operation is directly related to the power safety of more than 900 million people. However, at present, the power grid structure in Sichuan is not perfect, and the problems such as water abandonment of hydropower, strong direct and weak transmission, and the “neck” of power grid are prominent. The safe operation is facing challenges, and the responsibility of “ensuring safety and power supply” is extremely important.

Reporter: in view of these deficiencies, where will Sichuan power grid focus on building a stronger, smarter and inclusive power grid?

Tan Hongen: in the next step, we will focus on the following aspects to better serve the economic and social development of Sichuan. First, promote the scientific development of Sichuan power grid, realize the exchange and optimal allocation of power resources in a wider range, accelerate the development of UHV power grid, optimize the development of transmission network, focus on the development of distribution network, and form a strong smart power network with UHV as the backbone and coordinated development of power grids at all levels. Second, make every effort to solve the problem of waste water, accelerate external transmission, promote national consumption, increase internal supply and marketing, and improve power consumption, including actively cooperating with accelerating the construction of green high energy industrial park in the waste water section, and strive to basically solve the problem of waste water in 2 to 3 years and comprehensively solve the problem in 3 to 5 years. Third, implement the action of “electrified Sichuan”, cooperate with the government to prepare the work plan for accelerating the promotion of electrified Sichuan, promote “electrified Sichuan” to become the development strategy of the whole province, accelerate the substitution of electricity for coal and oil in industries, agriculture, commerce, transportation, residents’ life and other fields, and strive to increase the proportion of electric energy in energy consumption terminals from the current 33.16% to 36% by the end of the 13th five year plan. In addition, we will deepen the transformation and upgrading of rural power grids, implement power to boost poverty alleviation, make up for the shortcomings of power supply infrastructure in poor areas as soon as possible, and gradually achieve the goal of equalization of power supply services in urban and rural areas.

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