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BEIJING, CHINA - NOVEMBER 27: Chinese boys look at their smartphone in front of their house next to a coal fired power plant on November 27, 2015 on the outskirts of Beijing, China. China's government has set 2030 as a deadline for the country to reach its peak for emissions of carbon dioxide, what scientists and environmentalists cite as the primary cause of climate change. At an upcoming conference in Paris, the governments of 196 countries will meet to set targets on reducing carbon emissions in an attempt to forge a new global agreement on climate change. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

China Nixes Coal Expansion

China backs off coal generation as economy and power demand slip

China has announced that approximately 200 planned coal-fired electric power plants may never be built, the New York Times reports.

“The total of 105 gigawatts of power those plants would have been able to produce is considerably more than the electricity-generating capacity of Britain from all sources,” the Times reported.

The government announcement is a stark about-face for China, which has tied its economic growth to ever-increasing coal-fired generation, and is in line with international commitments the Asian nation has made to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

The country has agreed to reach a peak in carbon emissions by 2030.

China said some approved coal generation project may be delayed until 2018, the Times reported.

The announcement comes against a backdrop of poor economic growth and declining electricity demand in China, and the growth in deployments of wind and solar generation resources.

While old technology coal generation is being shuttered in China at an increasing clip, the country is still now adding 1,000 megawatts of coal generation capacity each week, the Times said.



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