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By Pete Moore On September 19th, 2019

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s total planned coal-fired power projects now stand at 226.2 gigawatts (GW), the highest in the world and more than twice the amount of new capacity on the books in India, according to data published by environmental groups on Thursday.

Sounds like a lot, and that’s just what China has planned. But how much is 226 gigawatts? What’s a comparison?

The new China projects would be more than Germany’s existing installed power capacity of around 200 GW by the end of 2018.

Ohh that much. Yeah, your little green recycling bin is really going to make up for that.


  1. all generated by COAL…… you know that commodity that’s going away…. lmao….

  2. Yes guys, let’s just give up on the whole idea and let those carbon emissions rip. You know you want to.

    Someone once said “Just because you can’t do everything does not mean that you should do nothing”. But that has become one of the three the mantras of fossil fuel shills like Pete and Patrick. That’s when they (seem to) admit that carbon emissions are causing global warming. But if challenged, they switch back to the next line of defence which is that carbon emissions have absolutely **** all to do with global warming, or the third line of defence which is that global warming is not happening at all, the temperature records have been faked!

    The fact is that renewables are now competitive with fossils across a wide band of the planet, including much of China. And China is installing vast amounts of solar and wind power, and coal is falling significantly as a percentage of its total power source (from 80% to 60% within the past ten years) and will continue to fall even as new coal stations are added. And that coal smogs are an embarrassment to its regime which cannot be hidden by locking up more “dissidents”.

    Economics and technical advances (solar cells are vastly cheaper and more efficient than 10 years ago, as are wind turbines) are gradually killing fossil fuels as a power source. As are coal smogs in China and vehicle smogs in Delhi and LA. The stone age didn’t end because we ran out of stone and the fossil fuel age will end soon, with vast amounts of it left un-burned in the ground.

  3. //Sounds like a lot, and that’s just what China has planned.//

    China has always been the exception in coal use. In fact, for every year in the present decade China has consumed more coal than the rest of the world combined; incredible but true.
    People who’ve had to sample the air in any Chinese city will easily believe it. The fumes are so dence in some places it’s like genocide.

    But, as Peter says, the times are slowly a-changing even in China. Renewables are incresing significantly and reliance on coal has already peaked and is starting to decline, not only due to a slow-down in output.

  4. Offshore wind power (dearer than onshore) is less than half the cost of nuclear. So why is the nuclear folly of Hinkley C being pursued?

    “A record amount of new offshore wind power has been announced in the UK. The new projects will power more than seven million homes at a lower-than-expected cost. The government says the wind farms represent a breakthrough, typically generating electricity without subsidy…

    Friday’s announcement offers a guaranteed price to firms willing to take the risk of installing costly offshore wind turbines in projects set to be delivered by 2025. The cheapest operator will provide power for as low as £40 per megawatt hour. By comparison, power from Hinkley Point C – the new nuclear power station in Somerset also due to open in 2025 – is expected to cost £92.50 per megawatt hour.

    John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace, said: “Today’s news makes arguing for the massive public subsidies nuclear power requires a much harder task.”

    The government anticipates the overall wholesale electricity price will range between £48.95 in 2023-24 to £52.36 per megawatt hour in 2026-27. The cost of offshore wind has plummeted about 30% in the last two years.

    Greenpeace campaigner Kaisa Kosonen tweeted: “Impossible is becoming possible in front of our very eyes.”