Greece plans $5.9 billion investment to fund transition away from coal power by 2028

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Greece will spend 5 billion euros ($5.9 billion) to offset the impact of ditching coal in power generation by 2028 and cutting carbon emissions in line with European Union climate targets by 2050, a government official said on Wednesday. Energy Minister Kostis Hatzidakis told reporters the total will include state money, funds from the European Union and loans from the European Investment Bank The funds will be spent on infrastructure projects, subsidies to new businesses, and training, to help western Macedonia and Megalopoli in Southern Peloponnese switch to green energy, agriculture and tourism. Those regions are the main suppliers of the cheap and abundant lignite resources Greece has relied on for power generation for more than half a century.Greece’s conservative government, which took over last year, has pledged to switch off 80% of state utility Public Power Corp’s coal capacity by 2023 to reduce its carbon footprint.Hatzidakis also said that some 16 private investments in renewables and other activities are in the pipeline and are expected to help create more than 8,000 jobs in western Macedonia and Megalopoli. Greece will also consider tax incentives to new businesses in the affected areas to support local communities, he said.Investments include a plan by PPC to build solar parks in Western Macedonia with generating capacity of 2.3 gigawatts, and a 130 million euro solar power project by Hellenic Petroleum in the same region..PPC has already shut two coal units with a total capacity of 550 megawatts in Macedonia and will switch off the remaining 10 by 2023. Another plant it is building in Ptolemaida, northern Greece, will operate using coal until 2028, after which it will switch to a different fuel.[Angeliki Koutantou]More: Greece to spend five billion euros to phase out coal by 2028 Greece plans $5.9 billion investment to fund transition away from coal power by 2028last_img read more

Angels beat Giants on Tommy La Stella’s walk-off home run

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros “I was just reading (the pitch) and reacting,” La Stella said. “I wanted to make sure I didn’t swing out of the zone, especially with Mike (Trout) coming out next. I just wanted to make sure I got him in the zone. I had at least some lift to the ball. I was trying to stay off the ground.”Trout hit his 10th home run of the season, a solo blast in the third inning. La Stella, Fletcher, Albert Pujols and Brian Goodwin each went 2 for 4, and Anthony Rendon went 3 for 4. La Stella’s home run was the fifth lead change in the game. It allowed the Angels (8-15) to snap a four-game losing streak against the rebuilding Giants (8-16).La Stella also got the Angels on the scoreboard with a sacrifice fly in the third inning. Joe Maddon, who also managed La Stella with the Chicago Cubs, said the infielder “worked his butt off” at Angel Stadium during the pandemic shutdown to get stronger.“The downtime during the break from the pandemic was mostly just a continuance of the offseason,” La Stella said. “Working out with our strength coach Lee Fiocchi, there wasn’t necessarily any emphasis on strength more than there was in the offseason.”A utility player with the Cubs, La Stella changed the trajectory of his career after he was traded to the Angels in November 2018. He hit 16 home runs in 80 games before suffering a season-ending leg injury. This season, he’s batting .290 in 20 games. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img ANAHEIM – Tommy La Stella started his week on the right foot.The veteran second baseman crushed a two-run home run against San Francisco Giants closer Trevor Gott in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday, lifting a curveball over the right-field home run stripe and lifting the Angels to a 7-6 win.La Stella had never ended a game with a home run in a major-league career that began in 2014. It followed a single by David Fletcher, who extended his hitting streak to 16 games earlier in the night. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield La Stella said his last walk-off home run came when he was 7 years old.“When he was with the Cubs, I’m telling you, he would not have played this often,” Maddon said of La Stella. “He’s gotten stronger. He’s taken better care of himself. He’s got a plan. It’s not a huge surprise to me.”Ty Buttrey (1-0) was credited with the victory after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. It followed a scoreless eighth from Felix Peña, and a scoreless seventh from Mike Mayers.Angels starter Griffin Canning pitched into the fifth inning with mixed results. He limited Mike Yastrzemski, the Giants’ dangerous leadoff hitter, to one weak single in three plate appearances. He also came within one strike of completing five innings and leaving in line for the victory. But putting the Giants away proved difficult.The game was tied 2-2 in the fifth inning when Donovan Solano came to bat with runners on first and third. Canning threw a 2-and-2 curveball over the middle of the plate, and Solano lined the pitch to left field for an RBI single. The Angels trailed 3-2, and Canning was removed in favor of left-hander Hoby Milner.Canning threw 53 of his 86 pitches for strikes, but only eight resulted in swings and misses – none in two-strike counts. His final line (4 ⅔ innings, three earned runs) could have been better, but the right-hander counted it as an improvement. He’d lost three of four starts to begin the season.“The focus for me going into this week was just having conviction with each of my pitches, trusting those gut feelings I have on the mound with what pitches I want to throw,” Canning said. “It was more about trusting myself and having conviction with each pitch.”The Angels quickly retook the lead.Giants starter Tyler Anderson walked Fletcher with one out and allowed an infield single to La Stella. Trout lined out, but Rendon and Pujols followed with back-to-back doubles, clearing the bases. The Angels led 5-3, and Anderson fired a round of expletives into a hushed ballpark as he walked off the mound.That lead was short-lived, too.In the sixth inning, a single by Pablo Sandoval and a Brandon Crawford walk put runners on first and second with one out against Milner. Enter Noe Ramirez, whose streak of four consecutive scoreless appearances ended swiftly.Mauricio Dubon singled, loading the bases. Chadwick Tromp hit a fly ball to right field, deep enough for Sandoval to tag up and score. Yastrzemski hit a bases-clearing double, scoring Crawford and Dubon to give the Giants a 6-5 lead.The bleeding stopped there, as Mayers struck out Alex Dickerson to end the inning. San Francisco only put one runner on base the rest of the game.“The relievers at the end of the game permitted this to happen,” Maddon said. “We need more of that. 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Haffey/Getty Images)Brian Goodwin #18 of the Los Angeles Angels chases a triple hit by Evan Longoria #10 of the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 17, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Griffin Canning #47 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts to allowing a solo homerun to Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 17, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Third base coach Ron Wotus congratulates Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants after his solo homerun during the first inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 17, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Griffin Canning #47 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches during the first inning of a game against the San Francisco Giants at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 17, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Tommy La Stella watches his walk-off two-run home run during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. The Angels won 7-6. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)NextShow Caption1 of 31Los Angeles Angels’ Tommy La Stella watches his walk-off two-run home run during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. The Angels won 7-6. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Expandlast_img read more