"Coal In 'Freefall' As New Power Plants Dive By Two-Thirds"

"Green groups’ report says move to cleaner energy in China and India is discouraging the building of coal-fired units"

"The amount of new coal power being built around the world fell by nearly two-thirds last year, prompting campaigners to claim the polluting fossil fuel was in freefall.

The dramatic decline in new coal-fired units was overwhelmingly due to policy shifts in China and India and subsequent declining investment prospects, according to a report by Greenpeace, the US-based Sierra Club and research network CoalSwarm.

The report said the amount of new capacity starting construction was down 62% in 2016 on the year before, and work was frozen at more than a hundred sites in China and India. In January, China’s energy regulator halted work on a further 100 new coal-fired projects, suggesting the trend was not going away."

Adam Vaughan reports for the Guardian March 22, 2017.


"Despite Pollution, Coal Plant Is Cleared to Reopen in New Delhi" (New York Times)

Source: Guardian, 03/22/2017