Bei­jing’s coal-fired plants to be re­placed

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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.

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