How many coal power plants are there in the world today?

Whatever the USA does or doesn’t do won’t make a Tinker’s Dam regarding CO2 unless the rest of the world, especially China and India, reduces coal-fired power plants as well.
– Adoni


How many coal power plants are there in the world today?


I knew the rough idea about the number of coal plants, but had not yet seen actual numbers until now.

The EU has 468 – building 27 more… Total 495
Turkey has 56 – building 93 more… Total 149
South Africa has 79 – building 24 more… Total 103
India has 589 – building 446 more… Total 1035
Philippines has 19 – building 60 more… Total 79
South Korea has 58 – building 26 more… Total 84
Japan has 90 – building 45 more… Total 135
China has 2,363 – building 1,171 more… Total 3,534

That’s 5,615 projected coal powered plants in just 8 countries.

USA has 15 – building 0 more..Total 15

And Democrat politicians with their “green new deal” want to shut down those 15 plants in order to “save” the planet.
Because you could not get many Republicans off the sofa last November, the Socialist party now runs the U.S. House Of Representatives.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

This makes the point. Whatever the USA does or doesn’t do won’t make a Tinker’s Dam regarding CO2 unless the rest of the world, especially China and India, reduces coal-fired power plants as well.

The whole “global warming” and “climate change” gambits by Democrats are to create a *supposedly* sound, scientific basis to justify a federal government power-grab and the passage of MORE laws to increase taxes and increased control of the privately owned power industry and its distribution. Never forget the *main* motivation they have!

“Oh, we will SAVE the planet!!” 100% Pure Bull@#$!

39 thoughts on “How many coal power plants are there in the world today?”

  1. The US has far more than 15 coal power plants. You must agree with the idea that human caused CO2 is causal in climate change, and ignore the quantity of CO2 generated by the ocean. If you do believe human generated CO2 is the root cause, the US is second to China in coal power. This site points to 400. – their data shows 664 have coal as a fuel source for power generation.

    • Jack:
      Quote: You must agree with the idea that human caused CO2 is causal in climate change, and ignore the quantity of CO2 generated by the ocean.
      No we don’t.
      The vast majority of the recovery in CO2 levels is released from the Oceans by the 70 year Solar Warm period which ended into 2008 with the commencement of the Modern Grand Solar Minimum its temperature pause, and now it’s decent into significant cooling.
      However, there is another 500 yr. sequestrated driver increasing the amount of CO2 which can be emitted from the tropical oceans. That sequestrated CO2 began arriving in to the Tropical Pacific in the 1950s. The mechanism is the deep returning Overturning Current delivering CO2 rich sea water directly into the base water column of the Pacific laid down during at the start of the LIA and massively increased CO2 rain out in the Arctic region during the LIA, that water takes 500 yrs. to flow from the Arctic to the Pacific and I reckon that there is another 420 years of sequestrated CO2 yet to arrive. CO2 will continue to rise for the next 500 yrs. regardless of Western Humans crashing their economy.
      Adapt, live long, and prosper, but not under the boots of socialists mounting a worldwide coup against all of the Western Nations.

  2. As many people are coming to recognize this is all about political power in the service of ugly ends, here is a suggestion: On a state by state basis organize new parties which will call for the proscription of the Republican and Democratic parties based on the idea that they represent interests foreign to the state.

    That is they are national parties so they may run elections in other states advocating policies which may not be to the interest of the residents of a given state. Only parties which run candidates only in the state in which they are organized are legitimate. Such parties are to be forbidden to run candidates in other states or to have any significant relations with parties outside the state in which they are organized.

    Essentially, this is a states’ rights doctrine which could upset the status quo thoroughly if accepted. This idea may work best in conservative states with a history of sympathy for secession but may fly even in liberal states who think the major parties are too conservative. This last may be unpleasant but state residents may get the representation they really want both in the individual statehouses and the national government.

    The state parties’ platforms can be anything one wants after calling for the proscription of the national parties in each state. However, for our purposes, the people who begin this movement should be people who want to end the Green New Deal (GND) and its various travesties in their state. One should get on top of the idea of making these new state parties anti-GND parties promoting state development and advocating the best real generating technologies known to the world. In this way positive development policies can be combined with an open attack on the monsters who own the Republic and Democratic parties.

  3. Fact check: “In 2017, there were 359 coal-powered units at the electrical utilities across the US… The average share of electricity generated from coal in the US is 27%.” — wikipedia

  4. Shutting down coal fired electrical plants as we slide into another Little Ice Age is utter stupidity. Spraying the atmosphere with Chemtrails to block out the sun is suicide.

    • Thank you so much for mentioning what this website refuses to acknowledge Jack, the issue of geoengineering which saw me lose a good 1/2 of my friends over for being a demented ‘conspiracy theorist’.
      The worst snowstorm of my life was in March 2018. Zero buses or trains all day that Friday but by Sunday I was in Macdonald’s looking out at the car park. Zero snow and normal March temperatures. No way could that ‘Beast from the East’ vanish like a puff of smoke that quickly.

    • I should have made a little more research before posting.
      Please update the posting adding a link to The world’s coal power plants interactive map.

      Fact remains that US and EU don’t make much difference if they will close the remaining coal plants as long as China and India keep building. And also is good to remember that coal energy is still the cheapest and do not have the risks of nuclear power.
      Generally, a nuclear power plant is significantly more expensive to build than an equivalent coal-fueled or gas-fueled plant. If natural gas is plentiful and cheap operating costs of conventional power plants is less.
      Here is a link to The world’s coal power plants interactive map.

  5. While I agree with the basic premise of this article, the number of operational US coal plants is not accurate. There are near 300 operational plants. The trend is toward accelerated decommissioning of many across the country but to say 15 is totally inaccurate. What is not, is the rapid construction of coal plants throughout many parts of the world, easily supplanting any reductions in the US.

    So, the premise of the article is completely correct. Our elimination of coal power generation in this country will have marginal if not almost non-existent effects on the stated global goals of the “Green” movement with detrimental costs to our economy.

  6. The future is a Communist Slave Police State. Instead of reducing the populations of China and India and raising their standard of living. The some are more equal than others communist model and overpopulation is being exported to the west.

  7. There are not 15 coal burning power plants in the USA. There were over 8000 at the end of 2017. I believe you got your facts wrong somewhere. Coal plants in the USA are currently being shutdown because natural gas is abundant and cheap. And far easier and safer to extract.

  8. An us poor Aussies being guilt tripped didnt even get a mention?
    sth aus has NONE but does have gas and a pile of useless wind solar and batteries
    so good theyre building a whole NEW high trans line to New South Wales to suck from their coalfired power
    and are privatising the batteries and then renting them back
    yeah stupidity and sth aus are best buddies!

    we have 3 I think in Victoria aged and being let breakdown though they DID repair one and overhaul another as the FACT of blackouts has hit home and all the wind n solar billions wasted wont supply they shut one early before time last yr so we have just TWO
    Tasmania is hydro( and diesel backups when the water runs low and the interconnector grid line falls over) I think Queensland has 8
    West Aus has just 4 for a huge state
    NSW has 5
    Nt and Act have none
    wiki as a crap source with a def green tinge;-/
    News sth wales had 5 with pressure one has closed already

    total of 19 for a widely habited land and 2 states 2 territories utterly unable to power themselves reliably at all.

    • For Australia you may be interested to know that March, 1878 was the hottest month on record around the world.
      Tony Heller has an you tube called “Hiding The Hottest Month On Record” if you care to see it.

  9. 15 plants in the US seemed low to me so a simple search pulled up info that there were 359 coal-powered plants producing 256 GW in the US in 2017. There is a major effort from the left to kill coal and as a result, end or destroy the lives of many through lack of affordable energy or loss of jobs, but false numbers that are easily refuted don’t do us any favors. Coal plants have been dropping like flies, but we don’t need to lie to show the left to be off their rockers in wanting us to rely on wind and solar.

  10. Quick Fact check by me: “In 2017, there were 359 coal-powered units at the electrical utilities across the US” Wikipedia

  11. One note on the Chinese numbers. When I lived in China 10 years ago, China was beginning the process of replacing small, old, inefficient and un-scrubbed coal fired with large, scrubbed, efficient units. Some of the existing units were decommissioned but there was a very high demand and new units were installed to meet the demand. China has huge coal reserves like the US does.

    BTW, the number of coal plants in the US is much higher than 15.

  12. If we shut them all they would be replaced by new ones all over the world within a few months. If we converted every car to electric. Killed every bird with a windmill and covered the state of Arizona with solar panels. It would be little more than pissing in the wind.

  13. Its not the CO2 that is the problem with coal.
    Its the destruction of the land.
    We can do better.

    Of course the Green New Deal, is not “doing better”. Its economic suicide.

  14. Hi Adoni,
    I had already checked CARBON BRIEF .It lists 2 MILLION MEGAWATTS [ 2000 GW] globally from coal-fired power stations , with an excellent map of the world to locate them.

    Mapped: The world’s coal power plants in 2019 – Carbon Brief › mapped-worlds-coal-power-plants
    Since 2000, the world has doubled its coal-fired power capacity to around 2000 gigawatts (GW) after explosive growth in China and India. A further 236GW is …
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  15. If you check which is a LIVE UK National Grid web-site, you’ll find that coal fired power stations now generate very little of UK electricity.Often it is nil due to “green” lobby.
    Yet the hypocrisy is that most UK politicians drive GERMAN CARS like VW, BMW, Mercedes , Audi and Opel.
    If you check the “Gridwatch Templar ,Germany” website ,you’ll find that German car factories are being powered by electricity generated by LIGNITE [ dirty brown coal] and HARD BLACK COAL power stations. Their percentage electricity from coal is huge. Check it out !

  16. Factbox: German coal-fired power capacity under review

    FRANKFURT (Reuters) – A government-appointed commission recommended on Saturday that Germany shut its coal-fired power plants by 2038 at the latest and proposed at least 40 billion euros ($45.7 billion) in aid for the affected regions.

    Germany depends on coal, which produces high levels of CO2 and other greenhouse gases, for 38 percent of its power needs.

    Below are details of utilities and their coal plants:


    RWE produces most of its electricity from brown coal, also called lignite. In Germany, it has lignite-powered plants with 10.3 gigawatts (GW) capacity and 3 GW of hard coal plants.

    Lignite is mined and burned for power at locations such as Hambach, Garzweiler and Inden.

    UNIPER (UN01.DE)

    Uniper operates 3.8 GW of coal-fired capacity out of a total 10.6 GW of its capacity in Germany. Its 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) Datteln 4 coal power plant has yet to start up 10 years after construction began due to protests from environmentalists.


    Essen-based Steag has seven coal-fired power plants with 5 GW capacity in western Germany. It retired 2.5 GW in 2017.

    EnBW (EBKG.DE)

    After an early focus on moving to renewable energy, southwestern utility EnBW has 4.2 GW of coal generation capacity left, out of a total portfolio of 13 GW.

    The German arm of Sweden’s Vattenfall sold its eastern German mining and power station operations to a Czech consortium led by EPH and finance investor PPF. It still runs a 3 billion euro coal power station in Hamburg Moorburg that started up in 2015 after years of delay.

    LEAG operates the former Vattenfall brown coal-fired plants with 8 GW of capacity in the Lusatia region, employing 8,000 people in mining and power plants.

    E.ON (EONGn.DE)

    E.ON has almost no coal-burning capacity, having turned its focus to customer services and renewable energy.

    Reporting by Tom Kaeckenhoff, Christoph Steitz and Vera Eckert; Editing by Edmund Blair

    Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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