China bucking global shift from coal-fired power: environmental study

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China restarted construction on more than 50 gigawatts (GW) of suspended coal-fired power plants last year, bucking a global shift away from fossil fuels, a new study showed on Thursday.

But satellite images show China “quietly resumed” construction in 2018 on dozens of previously shelved plants, making it a “glaring exception to the global decline”, said a joint report by environmental groups Global Energy Monitor, Greenpeace and the Sierra Club.

The report warned that China could build an additional 290 GW of capacity – more than the whole of the United States’ coal capacity – and still remain within the 1,300-GW cap for national coal-fired power generation proposed by the China Electricity Council, an influential industry group….

An excerpt from Reuters