Rank: 7 (Previous rank: 8)
CEO: Liu Zhenya
Address: 86 Xichang'an Ave.
China's top power company is expanding along with the nation's growing energy needs, moving up one spot to No. 7 from last year's Global 500 list. Founded in 2002, the company claims it now supplies energy to over a billion people across 26 Chinese provinces.
State Grid is also investing heavily in gathering consumer energy use data via smart meters. The company purchased 70% of the 17.4 million smart meter units shipped worldwide in the first quarter of 2011, according to energy research firm Pike Research. --S.D.
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|Company||2010 Number of Employees|
|China National Petroleum||1,674,541|