Nearly 1,200 new coal plants planned worldwide

According to a new study from the World Resources Institute, power producers plan to build nearly 1,200 coal-fired power plants worldwide.

These projects are in 59 countries. China and India account for 76 percent of the proposed capacity, the study found.  More coal from the U.S. is being exported to Asia for power generation. In 2011, U.S. coal exports reached a new high and ranked third globally, below Australia and Indonesia, the study indicated.

An export hub is planned for the Pacific Northwest to ship more coal from the Powder River Basin to Asia. Two large projects have been proposed in Washington State – Longview Terminal and Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point near Ferndale, Wash.  

Click here (PDF) to read the entire study.

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