The amount of new coal power being built around the world fell by nearly two-thirds last year, due in large part to policy shifts in China and India, according to a report by Greenpeace, the Sierra Club and research network CoalSwarm. The report said the amount of new capacity starting construction was down 62 percent in 2016 compared to the year before, and work was frozen at more than a hundred sites in China and India. In January, China’s energy regulator halted work on a further 100 new coal-fired projects, suggesting the trend is not going away. A main reason for the freefall in new plant construction was overbuilt capacity in recent years, particularly in China. In addition to new plant cancellations, a total of 64 gigawatts of existing coal capacity also was retired last year, mainly in the United States and Europe.

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