Mongolia: Wind Farm Project Could Tilt Ulaanbaatar from Coal to Green Energy

Power plants in Ulaanbaatar, such as Power Plant #3 seen here, consume 3 million tons of coal a year to meet heating and electricity needs. (Photo: Pearly Jacob)

Despite Mongolia’s nearly limitless supplies of coal, Ulaanbaatar recently approved plans to set up the country’s first commercial wind farm. The decision is fueling a public debate that aims to strike the right balance between Mongolia’s near-term and long-term economic development interests.

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Pearly Jacob is an Ulaanbaatar-based freelance journalist.

Mongolia: Wind Farm Project Could Tilt Ulaanbaatar from Coal to Green Energy

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