The power and energy industry is China's main and most rapidly developed industry. The thermal, hydro and nuclear power industries have experienced rapid and sustained growth since the 1990s, according to Global Access China Limited.
China's booming energy and power industry owes much of its success to the size of both the country and the population. China's natural gas output reached 35.02 billion cubic meters in 2003 and has risen steadily ever since. The rise of energy and power affected other related industries, such as manufacturing and steel production. In 2003, China's nuclear power-generated electricity saw a 120 percent increase over the previous year, a historical record. As of 2014, the country plans to build 27-million kilowatt nuclear power facilities with the hopes of topping this statistic. The increase in energy and power being generated has contributed to the overall economic growth in all areas.