If India meets renewables target, no more coal power needed after 2027

As the prospects for coal ­generated electricity recede globally, India is one of the last bastions of the world’s oldest, dirtiest energy source ­­ although construction of new coal ­fired power plants is faltering.

From January 2016 to January 2017, development of coal ­fired power capacity fell around the world, according to a March 2017 report titled “Boom and Bust”, released jointly by the Sierra Club, Greenpeace and Coalswarm.

Using data from the Global Coal Plant Tracker, an online database developed by Coalswarm that identifies, maps and categories every known 30­MW and larger coal fired power generating unit and every new unit proposed since January 1, 2010, the report maps a global move away from coal and towards renewable energy. In China and India alone, construction activities that would add 68 GW ­­ over a fifth of India’s total installed capacity ­­ of additional coal capacity are frozen across 100 project sites, 13 of them in India.

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