• New coal-fired capacity development falls for fourth successive year

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

Analysis by Global Energy Monitor, Greenpeace International, the Sierra Club and the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air has found that coal-fired power plant capacity development fell for the fourth year in a row in 2019, declining 16%. Despite this, total installed coal-fired capacity across the world increased (though outside of China it decreased), even while total output fell by 3%, with an average 51% capacity utilisation being recorded. This year, the COVID-19 coronavirus has delayed construction of 15 new plants with a total capacity of 13 GW. Though environmentally the decline in development of new coal-fired capacity is welcome, the trend may alter this year, as China has already greenlit 34 GW of additional capacity, greater than the entire output of Poland.