Report: Record US and EU coal plant retirements offset by China coal boom in 2020

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The 2GW West Burton A coal station in Britain is to close by September 2022 | Credit: EDF
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The 2GW West Burton A coal station in Britain is to close by September 2022 | Credit: EDF

Just under 38GW of coal plants were retired in 2020, largely in the US and EU, but just over 38GW of new coal plants were commissioned in China, Global Energy Monitor calculates

Global coal power capacity development saw its first increase in five years in 2020 driven largely by a steep increase in China, despite record coal plant retirements across the USA and EU, fresh analysis...

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