China Shuts Down Another 20 Gigawatts of Coal-Fired Generation
China’s National Energy Administration is planning to shut down another 20 gigawatts of coal-fired electricity generation between 2016 and 2020, on top of the 150 GW in new capacity the country had already pledged to cancel.
“The step comes as the country fights to clean up its skies after decades of breakneck economic growth,” Reuters reports, citing a meeting transcript on an industry website run by the country’s workplace safety regulator. “Most of the projects set to be suspended or halted are run by big coal producers and lie in the western regions of Ningxia, Xinjiang, and Inner Mongolia.”
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Shenhua Group, China’s biggest coal miner, will delay production from almost all the coal-fired generating stations it is currently building, Reuters states, while electricity generator China Datang Power is suspending eight projects this year.