Instead of More Coal Plants

What’s the potential for carbon-free electricity production? How many coal plants could we replace if we turned to carbon-free renewables instead?
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What’s the potential for carbon-free electricity production?

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What’s the potential for carbon-free electricity production?

Three countries—the U.S., India, and China—have plans in the next decade to build up to 850 new coal-fired plants, with an average capacity of 386 Megawatts. Together these plants would burn about 900 million tons of coal each year, producing about 2.5 billion tons of CO2. How many coal plants could we replace if we turned to carbon-free renewables instead?

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