S. Korea to cut operation of coal-fired power plants this winter to tackle fine dust pollution

S. Korea to cut operation of coal-fired power plants this winter to tackle fine dust pollution


the South Korean government plans to
operate a fewer coal-fired power plants over the winter to tackle find US
pollution it’s the first time such measures are carried out during the cold
season when demand for energy is high kim jae hee explains further between 8
and 15 coal power plants in South Korea will be shut down from this Sunday to
the end of February next year that’s around a quarter of the 58 coal power
plants currently operating across the nation the Ministry of Trade industry
and energy said the measures are part of efforts to reduce the levels of fine
dust although the government has previously reduced a number of power
plants operating during the spring this is the first time such measures are
being taken in the winter the power plants being shut down are mainly
located in chungcheong-do provinces near the west coast where fine dust pollution
is more severe the ministry also plans to keep the rest of the coal-fired power
plants output at around 80 percent of its total capacity during the
three-month period with these measures the ministry expects the level of fine
dust emissions to be reduced by 44 percent which will be a drop of 2,300
tons of emissions compared to last winter the ministry also dismissed
concerns about reduced power supply saying that this year’s energy supply
during winter is forecast to be the largest amount on record so despite the
scale down in operations the ministry says the energy supplies will not be
affected as there is about 9 million kilowatts of reserved supplies kim
daehee arirang news

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