China: No New Coal Mines for 3 Years

China is suspending the approval of any new coal mines for three years to eliminate stockpiles and increase new-energy consumption, according to China Daily. Nur Bekri, director of the National Energy Administration said during a conference in December that with production overcapacity expected to last for quite some time, green and low-carbon forms of energy will be the main focus of the 13th five-year plan (2016-2020).

Bekri said the administration also plans to shut down 60 million metric tons (mt) worth of outdated production capacity in 2016. During the same time period, he said, more effort will be put into coastal nuclear power plants with new installed wind power capacity expected to reach more than 20 million kilowatts (kW) and that for solar power to reach 15 million kW.