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China could extend ban on new coal-fired plants to end of 2018

26 July 2016

Chinese-language news site Economic Information Daily, part of the official Xinhua news agency, said that the forthcoming 13th Five-Year Plan, which will be released this year, will extend the ban on new coal plant construction nationwide at least to the end of 2018 in a bid to rein in overcapacity and boost renewable energy.

Earlier this year, China’s National Development and Reform Commission and National Energy Administration suspended or slowed plans for more than 100 GW of coal-fired capacity across the country, affecting around 200 plants. The country’s electricity demand has slowed considerably as its economic growth has slackened. Chinese coal imports have plummeted over the same period, falling 30% in 2015.

The country has been working in recent years to reduce reliance on coal due to serious air pollution problems, which have principally been blamed on emissions from older coal plants.

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