Trade group says European wind investment could total $111 billion through 2021

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:European investment in the wind industry could accelerate to 100 billion euros ($111 billion) in total over the next three years, breaking records along the way.That injection of capital would translate to an extra 53 gigawatts of wind power capacity being added by 2021, according to research from Brussels-based trade association WindEurope. Europe currently has about 190 gigawatts of wind power installed.Last year, a record 65 billion euros was raised for the building of wind farms, refinancing, project and company deals as well as money from public markets.Investment in new onshore wind projects hit 16.4 billion euros in 2018, representing almost 40 percent of all new power investments in Europe. Northern and western Europe accounted for 35 percent of all new financial investment decisions last year, WindEurope said.More: European wind industry investment could hit $111 billion by 2021 Trade group says European wind investment could total $111 billion through 2021last_img read more

Osaka beats  Azarenka to claim  her third Grand Slam title

first_imgBy Jonathan JurejkoNAOMI Osaka demonstrated her growing maturity to fight back against Victoria Azarenka in a compelling US Open final and claim her third Grand Slam title.Japanese fourth seed Osaka, 22, won 1-6 6-3 6-3 for her second US Open title.Osaka was overwhelmed in the first set and was in danger of trailing 3-0 in the second before recovering to win 10 of the next 11 games to take momentum.Belarusian Azarenka, playing in her first major final since 2013, lost serve for 5-3 in the decider.Osaka shrieked with joy as she took her second match point, then calmly laid out on the court and stared at the New York sky as she contemplated her latest achievement.Osaka’s level raised considerably as 31-year-old Azarenka was unable to maintain the intensity she showed in a one-sided opening set.The fightback ensured Osaka, who won the 2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open, maintained her record of winning every Grand Slam final she has played in.\”I don’t want to play you in any more finals, I didn’t really enjoy that, it was a really tough match for me,” Osaka jokingly told Azarenka.“It was really inspiring for me because I used to watch you play here when I was younger. I learned a lot, so thank you.”Osaka’s maiden victory at Flushing Meadows two years ago came in straight sets against Serena Williams in a hostile environment following the American’s infamous argument with umpire Carlos Ramos.This second success could not have been more different.Here she had to fight back from a set down against an inspired Azarenka – and navigate a tricky decider which could have swung either way – on a virtually empty Arthur Ashe Stadium because of the coronavirus pandemic.“For me, I just thought it would be embarrassing to lose this under an hour,” said Osaka, who will rise to third in the world after her win.Osaka looked a little lost as Azarenka overwhelmed her in a fast start, hitting 13 unforced errors and struggling to cope with the Belarusian’s proactive play and controlled aggression.Draping a towel over her head at changeovers was a sign of Osaka’s concerns. Her attempts to collect her thoughts and regain her composure did not initially work, however.Another wayward forehand prompted a frustrated Osaka to throw her racquet to the floor in disgust.Eventually, though, the mental resilience which she says she has developed over recent months came to the fore.That resulted in a major momentum shift in her favour as Azarenka threatened to move 3-0 ahead in the second set.A rasping forehand by Osaka proved pivotal, not only in the game, but ultimately in the whole match as she seized control to level.The former world number one maintained that level in the decider to earn a 4-1 lead, but was unable to convert one of three break points to move 5-1 ahead.That might have proved costly when Azarenka immediately put the set back on serve, only for Osaka to battle back again by winning what proved to be the final two games.last_img read more