As a sign that China is prepared to develop its renewable energy generation capacity, China’s energy regulator decided to halt the construction of more than 100 coal-fired power projects with an installed capacity of more than 100 GW (gigawatts).
The fast development of China’s economy has required, and still requires huge amounts of energy every month, and the most cheap source of energy today is still the coal, so the country relies heavily on this dirty energy resource even today.
The problem is that in every winter, China suffers from heavy air pollution caused by waves of smog that invade some of its major cities, and is caused by the increased use of coal for energy generation and for heating.
In a new document issued three days ago (on January 14, 2017), the National Energy Administration in China (NEA), decided to suspend the construction of more than 100 coal projects (some of them being already under construction) in 11 provinces and autonomous regions such as: Xinjiang, Shanxi, Ningxia, Inner Mongolia, Gansu, Qinghai, Shaanxi and a few other regions from Northwest China.
The money invested in all these suspended coal projects represents an impressive amount of 430 billion yuan ($62.3 billion).
On October 2016, the National Energy Administration in China already announced that they might postpone the construction of some coal-fired power plants, even if they have already received approvals, as a measure to limit the spread of polluting energy sources in the country, and to support the development of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power.
Of course that coal will continue to represent the main energy source in China’s energy mix for the near future, but such measures that affect the development of future coal-fired power plants are a good sign that the country starts to understand that pollution must be reduced and the future is green.
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