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Installed coal plant capacity in select countries 2019

Installed capacity of coal power plants worldwide as of 2019, by select country (in megawatts)

by T. Wang, last edited May 2, 2019
Installed coal plant capacity in select countries 2019 This statistic shows the installed capacity of coal power plants in selected countries as of 2019. China was the country with the highest installed capacity of coal power plants, amounting to over 973,000 megawatts.
Coal power plant capacity worldwide – additional information

While the amount of electricity generated from coal has declined in recent years, in part due to the rising accessibility of renewable energy, the coal power industry has continued to build new coal-fired generation plants at a rapid pace. The global installed coal power generation capacity is projected to be on the rise over the next decade and predicted to reach a capacity of over 2000 gigawatts (GW) in 2035. As of 2019, China had the highest installed capacity from its coal power plants, amounting to 973 GW in total. The United States came in a distant second with over 259 GW of coal power plant capacity, followed by India at about 220 GW.

Worldwide, about 340 GW of new coal capacity was under construction at the beginning of 2016 and more than 1,000 GW were in various stages of planning, which is equivalent to some 1,500 coal plants. These announced coal power plants around the world were primarily to serve the growth in coal demand from new power plants in India and China. As of 2015, India’s projected growth in coal demand stood at about 520 million tons. The high demand from coal power plants was matched by the vast amount of spent on the construction of new coal power plants. From 2010 to 2015, Asia made up over 85 percent of the world’s proposed coal power plant costs. The region also accounted for the majority of carbon dioxide emissions from the construction of coal plants globally, as of the beginning of 2016.
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Installed capacity of coal power plants worldwide as of 2019, by select country (in megawatts)

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