China shuts 83 small coal-fired plants

The Chinese government has ordered the closure of 83 small coal-burning power plants since January, representing an aggregate generating capacity of 4.7 million kilowatts (kW), state media reported the country's top economic planning body as saying on Friday.

The plants would be replaced by larger, more efficient plants, the Xinhua new agency report said, saving 7.1 million tonnes of coal and
reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 14.2 million tonnes.

Zhao Yinong, an official with the State Energy Administration, said the closures accounted for 36% of the country’s target on saving
energy and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.

At the end of 2007, the report said, China’s total installed generation capacity was 713 million kW.

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