NEA (China) suspends 11 coal-fired plants totaling 100 GW

In a bid to avoid an overcapacity situation and to control emissions, China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has ordered the suspension of more than 11 coal-fired power projects having a combined capacity of over 100 GW. The plants are a part of the government’s 2016-20 Five Year Plan, which aims to reduce the share of coal power to 55 per cent of China’s total generation capacity by 2020. If the 85 projects are commissioned, it would take the total installed capacity to 1,250 GW, against the planned 1,100 GW. They entail an investment of about $62 billion and construction has already begun on some projects.

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