Ripe for Retirement: the case for closing America’s costliest power plants

This report from the Union of Concerned Scientists finds that more than three quarters of the U.S coal fired power plants have outlived their 30 year life span - with 17% being older than half a century. As of May 2012, a total of 288 coal fired generating units, totalling 41.2 gigawatts of coal fired generating capacity have been scheduled for closure. This report argues that there are many more uncompetitive coal power stations in the United States that should be considered for closure.

How Coal Mining is Trashing Tigerland

In the last five years, India has witnessed an unprecedented increase in new coal mines and the establishment of coal-fired thermal power plants. This expansion directly threatens the national animal of India, the Royal Bengal Tiger. This report by Greenpeace India argues that if saving the tiger and other wildlife is in fact a national priority, the government cannot ignore the threat posed by coal mining in Central India.

Endangered Waters: Impacts of coal-fired power plants on water supply

In the last 20 years India’s energy demands have tripled and water requirements for the industry have doubled. This report by Greenpeace India focuses on the region of Vidarhba where in 2010, 71 power plants were in various stages of approval. India is already in a condition of water stress, and national demand for water is projected to outstrip supply in less than thirty years. National irrigation water requirements are expected to increase 50% by 2050. The government’s push on such water-intensive methods of power production, therefore, will make conflicts between power projects and agriculture inevitable.