January 2008

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: Coal-fired power plant escalations to continue, says study

By 2011, the world is forecast to be operating 1.6-million MW of installed capacity, according to an updated study from the McIlvaine Company. In 2020, approximately 2.1 million MW of installed capaci..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

By 2011, the world is forecast to be operating 1.6-million MW of installed capacity, according to an updated study from the McIlvaine Company. In 2020, approximately 2.1 million MW of installed capacity is projected. Net capacity increases will not be substantial in Europe and the US, but the investment in new plants to replace existing ones will be very large. "This replacement program is the most economical way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions," notes this study. East Asia (this analysis places India in West Asia) will see the biggest growth, according to the McIlvaine forecasts (Table 1). The large number of retirements will occur primarily in China, where small,

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