Caixin
Oct 08, 2022 05:37 AM
CHINA

In Depth: Does China Really Need That Much More Coal-Fired Electricity?

Yaomeng Power Generation Co. Ltd. coal power plant in Pingdingshan, Henan province, on Aug. 30, 2022.
Yaomeng Power Generation Co. Ltd. coal power plant in Pingdingshan, Henan province, on Aug. 30, 2022.

Southern China’s Guangdong province approved construction of six coal-fired power plants in less than a month with generating capacity of 9.7 million kilowatts, more than the total of capacity installed from 2016 to 2020.

The projects were previously considered impossible under the 14th Five-Year Plan through 2025 as China aims to reduce carbon emissions by increasing the use of nonfossil fuels, a person familiar with Guangdong’s coal-fired power projects told Caixin. As part of the fight against climate change, the central government charted a course to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions by substituting renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydropower for coal.

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