Coal's demise exaggerated

ALMOST 1200 coal-fired power plants with a total installed capacity of 1.4 million megawatts are proposed globally, according to the World Resources Institute.

Noel Dyson

According to institute analyses, if all of these 1199 projects came to pass, it would add coal power at four times the capacity of all the coal-fired power plants in the US.

It found 483 power companies had proposed coal-fired plants across 59 countries.

Most of these are in developing nations – mainly China and India. Indeed, these two countries account for 76% of the proposed coal power capacity.

Coal-fired plants are also proposed in developing nations where there is little or no domestic coal production, such as Cambodia and Senegal.

The US ranks seventh out of all countries with a capacity of more than 20,000MW.

The institute points out that not all of these plants will necessarily come to pass. But its research shows a significant interest in coal development globally.

The International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook found coal demand would rise 21% by 2035.

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