China has officially canceled work on Shenzhen Energy's new coal-fired power plant that has been in development since January. According to Electric Light & Power, the city of Shenzhen has said it will no longer pursue development for future coal-powered plants, either.
The project's discontinuation is due in part to recent reports, which estimated pollution from the 2,000-megawatt plant would have serious impact on public health, despite the fact that it would have state-of-the-art SO2 and NOx particulate filters. Rather than halt all construction, however, the energy company plans to simply relocate its plant to another city, EL&P reported.
As public concerns over water scarcity and the environmental impact of coal-fired generation grow in China, the nation remains the world's largest consumer of the fossil fuel. The Energy Information Administration recently reported that China's coal demand growth averaged 9% per year from 2000 to 2010, more than double the global growth rate of 4% and significantly higher than global growth excluding China, which averaged only 1%.