Sri Lanka to stop commissioning new coal-fired power plants

Sri Lanka will stop commissioning new coal-fired power plants as part of a push to eliminate fossil fuels in its energy mix.

Coal and hydroelectricity contribute about 44 percent each to Sri Lanka’s power supply. While diesel accounts for nine per cent and the rest is from renewables. The Sri Lankan ministry of electricity proposed to support the no new coal initiative (of COP26) and allow both local and foreign investors to set up more renewable energy projects. In 2020, the country had announced fourth coal-fired power plant in Norochcholai, north of the capital Colombo, which would be scrapped now.

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