The Global Energy Monitor revealed that the amount of power generated from coal in 2019 declined by 3% compared to 2018, with “global coal plants now operating at an average 51% of their available operating hours”.
The largest proportion of coal plant retirements was in the USA (16.5 GW, or 48% of the world’s total), while China and India slowed their efforts.
For coal plant developments, there was a 16% year-on-year drop in capacity and a 66% drop since 2015. But overall, the coal fleet grew by 34.1GW, the first increase since 2015, with almost two-thirds of newly commissioned plants in China.
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