A recent report from Robert Bryce for the Manhatten Institute for Policy Research argues that far from moving beyond coal, the world is still dependent on the fuel for power generation – and will continue to be so fro some time yet.
In his paper “Not beyond coal: how the global thirst for low-cost electricity continues driving coal demand”, Bryce highlights nine countries that will collectively add 550 GW of new coal-fired power over the next 25 years.
“No viable substitutes exist that can match the low-cost and massive scale of electricity production now provided by coal-fired generators,” the Manhatten Institute said in a press statement. “Coal, in short, continues to play a pivotal role providing electricity to poor and wealthy countries alike.”
As a result, Bryce argues that US policymakers should reject the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, promoting the deployment of advanced generation technologies in new power plants instead.
Written by Jonathan Rowland
Read the article online at: https://www.worldcoal.com/coal/11112014/world-coal-not-beyond-coal-coal1558/