European Utility Exec: ‘New Coal Is Finished’

first_imgEuropean Utility Exec: ‘New Coal Is Finished’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Euractv.com:Apart from Poland, there are no plans to build new coal-fired power plants in Europe, says Francesco Starace. The hard question today is instead who will build a new gas power plant. “And many companies are not doing that either,” he told EURACTIV in an interview.Francesco Starace is CEO of Enel, the Italian power utility. Since June, he has also been president of Eurelectric, the trade association representing the electricity industry at European level.INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS:Renewables are “clear winner of the cost per kilowatt hour battle”Carbon neutrality in power sector achievable “certainly earlier than 2050”After coal, gas also is being phased outE.ON split was “a bet”, companies should focus on “useful part” of their legacy assetsEU’s EPS 550 rule is “the wrong battle”, won’t drive investmentsP2P “important” but only a small part of the value chain More: EU power utility boss: ‘Coal is finished, the hard question now is gas’last_img read more

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UW preps for nation’s best in Adidas Invitational

first_imgWith the third annual Wisconsin Adidas Invitational coming to the Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course on Friday, head coach Jim Stintzi and the Wisconsin women’s cross country team are looking forward to gaining large race experience before the Big Ten and NCAA championships.There will be 37 men’s teams, 41 women’s teams and a total of 878 athletes participating Friday – including 19 of the top 30 men’s teams in the country and 18 of the top 30 women’s teams.“We’re expecting what’s arguably the best meet in the country outside the NCAA championships this week in Madison,” Stintzi said in his weekly Monday press conference. “We think it will be a great test and are excited about the prospects. When we built the course, the idea was really to have a meet like this, to have one of the better meets in the country … it’s become kind of a phenomenon.”Since the event was started in 2009, the amount of participating teams has grown every year, including an increase of almost 60 teams from the 2010 Invitational. This year, the event is taking place at the same time as the pre-NCAA championships, which many teams traditionally attend to race on the championship course before November’s NCAA Championships. At the urging of Stintzi and men’s coach Mick Byrne, teams decided to come to the Adidas Invitational instead.Because of the stature of the invitational, many coaches, including Stintzi, are still using this weekend to prepare their teams for the NCAA championships. According to Stintzi, running in a race with as many people as will be running on Friday is often more challenging than running in a pack of 100, which is standard for events such as the Big Ten Championships.“The issue is it’s difficult for the athletes to know where they are in a field this size,” Stintzi said. “When [there are] almost 300 people in the race, there’s a tendency for kids to think they’re in 40th and they’re actually in 90th. My team, especially, needs to kind of get that experience and learn where exactly they are and then move up or maintain their position.”Unlike the Adidas Invitational and NCAA Championships, the UW-Oshkosh Open and Big Ten Championships will not have fields comprised of more than a little over 100 runners. Still, the experience gained from running against some of the best competition in the country figures to lead to success in smaller races, as well.“In a sense, it will definitely get our feet wet because it’s going to be great competition, but we’ll have to take a little bit different tactic in terms of how we race,” Stintzi said.Freshman Gabrielle Anzalone led the Badgers into the Adidas Invitational. The Grand Blanc, Mich., native started her UW career with a win at the Badger Opener on Sept. 9th. After finishing 42nd at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Anzalone was named Big Ten Women’s Runner of the Week following her ninth-place finish at the Bill Dellinger Invitational two weeks ago, an event where the Badgers finished 2nd as a team.“[Gabrielle] was one of the top cross country kids in the country last year in high school,” Stintzi said. “[She is] somebody that just kind of fit into our program, loved Wisconsin right off the bat. We love her, she has got a great attitude, really a team player.“Sort of a high-level kid without some of the high-level issues you might get with some kids. I think she’s going to be somebody who is just going to continue to get better and better. I see big things for her.”last_img read more

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Dodgers lose to Diamondbacks and drop out of first place in NL West

first_img“I thought the ball was down, the stuff was really good,” said Roberts who had Caleb Ferguson and Alex Wood available as more conventional mid-game long-relief options.“This year Pollock has had a lot more success against right-handed pitchers than left-handers. Scott this year, he’s been in those situations. He has the ability to put the ball on the ground. It just didn’t work out.“I liked Scott right there. I really did. Got a couple punchouts then it ultimately landed on that matchup with Pollock.”The Dodgers have landed their own punches over the past month. But it comes down to a final weekend matchup with the Giants – with one eye on the Rockies.“We can’t do anything to affect them. They’re going to do their thing,” Stripling said. “We just have to go and get three wins and hope that puts us in a good chance to either win the division or play (game) 163 to win the division. If that’s not the case, we’ll go and play one game wherever. Control what we can control.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies The road to a sixth consecutive playoff appearance for the Dodgers has narrowed considerably. The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers clinched playoff spots with victories Wednesday (NL Central winner or wild card to be determined). The Dodgers hold a one-game edge over the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild-card spot, their only way into the postseason if they don’t catch the Rockies.“Be prepared to win a game on Friday. Nothing else you can do,” Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said. “We still have to take care of our business. We still have to go out and win games in San Francisco.”There was some doubt about whether they would try to do that with or without Turner. Paul Goldschmidt hit a hard ground ball at Turner in the fifth inning that hopped up and ricocheted off Turner’s glove.His left thumb swelled up and Turner came out of the clubhouse after the game, walking by the waiting media and heading for X-rays on this thumb. They were negative.There were no tests that can determine why the motivated team that won 11 of 14 games against the Rockies, Cardinals and Diamondbacks over a three-week stretch to climb atop the division has been once again replaced by a more familiar version. This one struggles to get a big hit that isn’t a solo home run and can only trust its bullpen long enough for it to let them down.Against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, seven of the first 12 Dodgers reached base against Zack Greinke. But that produced only single runs in the first and second innings.They had Greinke on the ropes in the third with the bases loaded and one out. Yasiel Puig lined out to shortstop, Yasmani Grandal grounded out and the Dodgers came up empty.“Yeah, Puig hit a 110-mph line drive right at somebody,” Turner said. “It’s just – can’t do anything about that. Good at-bat.”Greinke slipped away and retired 11 of the final 13 batters he faced, allowing only an infield single and a walk after escaping the bases-loaded situation unharmed.The Dodgers went without a hit from Cody Bellinger’s fifth-inning single to Matt Kemp’s two-out single in the ninth and never got another runner to second base after the fourth inning.“I thought we had a great gameplan against Greinke,” Roberts said. “You can look at that at-bat by Puig. Ball hit really well. Liner right at (Nick) Ahmed. That kind of changed the game right there. We had him on the ropes a little bit then he settled in after that.”Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks knocked restored starter Ross Stripling out of the game in the second inning, hitting for the cycle in a five-batter span and scoring three times.“Just wasn’t fooling anybody today. Couldn’t put anyone away,” Stripling said. “If I got behind I was just battling to try and execute pitches and was struggling with that. For whatever reason, it just wasn’t there for me.”Still, it was a one-run game into the fifth inning when Roberts brought in Scott Alexander.Alexander was pitching for a third consecutive day. But Roberts had reduced him to facing left-handed hitters only, one batter at a time, over his previous six appearances.This time, he asked him for more and Alexander gave up a three-run home run to right-handed hitting A.J. Pollock, the fifth batter Alexander faced.Related Articles PreviousPHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 26: Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers takes off his batting gloves during batting practice during the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 26, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig breaks his bat after popping out during the fifth inning of Wednesday’s loss to the Diamondbacks in Phoenix. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsPHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 26: Ross Stripling #68 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers a pitch in the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 26, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. 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(Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)ExpandPHOENIX — It was just a week ago that the Dodgers swept the Colorado Rockies, dropped them 2½ games into their rear-view mirror and Manager Dave Roberts was saying how the Dodgers held their playoff fate in their own hands.Times have changed.The Dodgers lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks for the second night in a row, falling out of first place in the National League West with a 7-2 loss Wednesday night.“As far as getting to the postseason, it takes us. We control our own fate,” Roberts said again.center_img It’s a very different potential fate now and Roberts acknowledged the Dodgers’ worldview now encompasses the wild card.“Sure. The playoffs,” he said. “The key is we have to win baseball games and however it plays out is how it plays out. But I know we’re a very dangerous team. I know we believe in ourselves.“Not how we scripted it. But that’s why you go out there and play. Now our focus has to turn to the Giants.”The Rockies have rebounded from that sweep to win six in a row – a weekend sweep of the same Diamondbacks and three more by a combined score of 34-4 over a fading Phillies team – while the Dodgers have split six against the Padres and Diamondbacks.That moves the Rockies a half-game up on the Dodgers with four days left in the regular season. The Rockies get another crack at the Phillies on Thursday while the Dodgers are off, giving them time to map the various scenarios that will get them into the playoffs before heading into a weekend series against a highly-motivated Giants team. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img read more

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