Argument: Three Gorges Dam supplies massive quantities of needed electricity
- "Three initial benefits achieved at Three Gorges Project". People's Daily. March 9th, 2006 - "Mitigated the "power shortage", a matter of crucial urgency The designed installation capacity at the Three Gorges project is 18.20 million kilowatts/hours. When the 26 sets of hydropower turbines of 700.000 kilowatts are all put into operation, the annual power-generating capacity can reach an average of 84.7 billion kilowatts/hours. The power supply of the Three Gorges project will cover the mid-China, east China, Sichuan and Chongqing and the power-grid in south China. The power-covered area includes Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Henan, Anhui, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Shanghai and Guangdong as well as Sichuan and Chongqing, a total of 11 provinces and cities.
- In 2004 we saw from the Three Gorges to Shanghai a power transmission of 8 billion kilowatts/hours, the same as that to Guangdong. And up to 31 December 2004, a total of 11 sets of hydropower turbines were put into operation. The accumulated power-generating volume came to a total of 47.795 billion kilowatts/hours, an equivalent saving of 26 million tons of raw coal and its corresponding transportation."
- "The Pros of the Three Gorges Dam". Retrieved 2.07.08 - "There are three main reasons why this dam will benefit China. The first is the amount of electricity the dam will produce for China. The dam will produce around 18,000 megawatts from 26 different generators, which are each four hundred tons. In comparison, this is equivalent to 18 nuclear power plants or fifty million tons of coal. This dam is estimated to produce 11% of China's electricity. This is breakthrough for China and will help drastically."