That was an odd headline to write. And, oddly enough, it's actually a green decision. Over the next three years, China will be replacing a huge amount of small, dirty, inefficient coal-fired power plants with newer, cleaner coal-fired power plants.
Obviously, we think this is a fine idea. Unfortunately, they haven't been able to come up with a replacement that isn't "more coal."
China has already begun closing down these small inefficient plants. In 2005, the average coal plant consumed 370 grams of coal per kW/h produced. That number has already dropped to 349. The new plants China is bringing online can generate a kW/h with just 283 grams of coal.
Good news? Yes. But a real solution, it is not.
written by TB, February 05, 2009
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