In a dramatic U-turn, Sri Lanka’s energy regulator has approved a new long-term electricity supply plan that rejects the construction of any new coal plants between now and 2037. Coal’s fall from grace in Sri Lanka has in large part been driven by public opposition to pollution from the country’s only coal plant, the Chinese-funded and built coal-fired Norochcholai Power Station, which has been chronically unreliable. Meanwhile, with the domestic credibility of coal in tatters, the spectacular fall in the costs of both wind and solar power – along with low global gas prices – has made a switch to noncoal projects financially and politically attractive. In its previous plan, the  Ceylon Electricity Board called for the construction of 11 new coal units with a combined capacity of 3,200 megawatts.


– via / Bob Burton

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