According to official news from China Three Gorges Corporation, as of 12:28 on March 1, 2017, electricity generation of the Three Gorges Dam exceeded 1,000TWh, making it the first hydropower station in China to generate 1,000TWh of power. The dam has been operating safely and steadily for 14 years.
The Three Gorges Dam is the largest hydropower station in the world with 32 700MW and two 50MW water-turbine generator sets, a total installed capacity of 22.5GW and a designed annual power generating capacity of 88.2TWh. It is the backbone power source of "West-to-East Electricity Transmission" and "North-South Electricity Transmission"projects.
Since the first batch of power generating sets was put into operation in 2003, the Three Gorges Dam has been transmitting electricity to ten provinces and cities in East, South and Central China, injecting strong momentum for the development of the Yangtze River Delta Economic Zone, providing abundant clean energy for national and social growth and making great contributions to energy conservation and emissions reduction.
It is estimated that 1,000TWh of electricity is equivalent to 7.1 times of power consumption of Shanghai in 2015 (According to 2015 Statistical Report on National Economic and Social Development in Shanghai, the annual power consumption of Shanghai in 2015 was 140.555TWh). This means saving 319 million tons of standard coal, as well as reducing 858 million tons of carbon emissions, 8.99 million tons of SO2 emissions and 2.57 million tons of Nitrogen Oxides.