Friday, November 11, 2016

The Numbers Don’t Add Up for Kosovo’s Coal Plant

Coal plants in Kosovo (Photo Credit: Thomas Trutschel/Photothek/GettyImages) Click to Enlarge.
Two aging coal plants puff away on the outskirts of Pristina, the capital of the regionally-disputed Eastern European territory of Kosovo.  The question facing the world is what to do when they can no longer continue to generate electricity.
“The government is moving in completely the wrong direction,” says Visar Azemi, the coordinator of KOSID, a consortium for sustainable development in Pristina.  Right now, the government plans to build a new coal power plant, but  Azemi and his colleagues argue in a 13 October analysis in Environmental Research Letters that a mix of renewables is both cheaper and better for health and the environment. 

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