18 Feb '15, 11pm

"A Look Behind the Headlines on China’s Coal Trends" by ANDREW C. REVKIN via NYT

In late 2014, China pledged to peak its CO2 emissions by 2030, and achieve 20 percent of its primary energy from non-fossil energy sources. And China continues to lead the world in annual additions of wind and solar power. While these developments are to be celebrated, there remains a sobering reality: they still leave a lot of headroom for China to expand its coal power plant capacity between now and 2030, even though its coal fleet is already more than twice the size of the US coal fleet. Indeed, China’s march towards coal continued in 2014 as shown by data from the latest report from China’s National Energy Administration …. [D]espite additions of substantial wind, solar, and nuclear capacity, when properly adjusted for capacity factor (the amount of annual energy produced per unit of capacity) to reflect production capability , the amount of new coal energy added to th...

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