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Clearer Skies Over ChinaReconciling Air Quality, Climate, and Economic Goals$
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Chris P. Nielsen and Mun S. Ho

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019880

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019880.001.0001

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Primary Air Pollutant Emissions of Coal-Fired Power Plants in China

Primary Air Pollutant Emissions of Coal-Fired Power Plants in China

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(p.161) 4 Primary Air Pollutant Emissions of Coal-Fired Power Plants in China
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Clearer Skies Over China
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Yu Zhao

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019880.003.0004

In China, investment in clean energy such as wind power and hydropower has increased, but the overall Chinese power structure is still dominated by coal-fired generation, and this domination will continue in the foreseeable future. As the largest coal-consuming sector, power generation has been considered the most important source of atmospheric pollutant emissions and thereby of regional air pollution. In order to provide a detailed picture of emissions for scientific research and policy analysis, this chapter uses an innovative unit-based method to explore current and future emissions of Chinese coal-fired power plants. The chapter also considers the effects of currently implemented and prospective emission control policies.

Keywords:   China, clean energy, wind power, coal-fired generation, power generation, policy analysis, emission control policies

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