China to demand swap of old coal plants for new

China will require firms wanting to build new coal-fired power plants to shut down smaller, older generators at the same time, said Reuters on Thursday, citing a government agency.
The energy policy-setting National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said in a statement posted on its Web site ( that to build a 300 MW power station, 240 MW of capacity must be decommissioned. The move comes as part of a drive to boost energy efficiency and cut back pollution.
China aims to elimate small generating plants with 50 GW of capacity, around 8 percent of the country's total, by the end of the decade. This includes 7 to 10 GW of fuel oil-fired capacity.