The amount of coal-fired power under development worldwide dropped dramatically in the first half of 2016, according to a survey by CoalSwarm’s Global Coal Plant Tracker. Overall, the “coal plant pipeline” – the total amount of coal-fired generating capacity in pre-construction planning – dropped from 1,090 gigawatts at the beginning of 2016 to 932 GW in July. The reduction of 158 GW is nearly equal to the entire coal-fired generating capacity of the European Union (162 GW). The largest drop in the pre-construction pipeline was recorded in China (114 GW), followed by India (40 GW). Both countries recently announced major policy moves away from coal.