Beijing’s coal-fired plants to be replaced
Beijing will ban new coalfired thermal power plants after four existing ones are replaced by gas-fired plants by 2017, according to the municipal economic planner.
The replacements are being made to reduce coal consumption for better air quality.
“The closure of the coalfi power plants will greatly improve air quality, considering that 22 percent of air pollutants are from coal consumption,” said Zhang Wangcai, deputy director of the Beijing Development and Reform Commission’s Energy Bureau.
Two gas-fired thermal power plants have been operating since October and have reduced coal consumption by 3.95 metric tons annually, he said.
Beijing has also restricted coal consumption by companies and households for heating in the past two years by supplying them with gas or other cleaner fuels.