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Coal-fired power plants are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions—one that could be increasing significantly globally, according to new analysis from the World Resources Institute. WRI compiled and analyzed information about proposed new coal-fired plants in order to assess potential future risks to the global climate and released our findings in the Global Coal Risk Assessment working paper.
Our research shows that 1,199 new coal-fired plants with a total installed capacity of 1,401,268 megawatts (MW) are being proposed globally. If all of these projects are built, it would add new coal power capacity that is almost four times the current capacity of all coal-fired plants in the United States.
View the locations of proposed coal-fired power plants by country in our interactive map below.