“Let's stop criticizing our banks!”

More than ten years after the subprime mortgage crisis, all the light has not been shed, and yet the idea of ​​the guilt of the banks has taken hold firmly in people's minds. They are even blamed for the double fault, since after playing with fire and triggering the crisis, they allegedly asked for help from the States. This unanimous condemnation, the result of incomplete analyzes, is a heavy component of the bank bashing that has raged since then and unfortunately works against our interests. We are indeed at a critical moment when Europe, faced with the domination of American finance and the dollar, must develop its own financial capacities. The development of a strong pan-European financial sector is therefore essential if we particularly want to foster the emergence of future European gafas. 
If it is vain to hope for the complete disappearance of this bank bashing and, one might say, of the bashing market whose roots plunge both in history and in ignor…

IRENA wants to improve networks in West Africa for the integration of renewable energies

The International Agency is looking for consultants to prepare a plan to expand network infrastructure in West African countries. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region currently has only 16 GW of power generation capacity, of which 32% comes from hydropower and 68% from thermal energy. 

IRENA wants to improve networks in West Africa for the integration of renewable energies

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has launched a call for tenders to find consultants as part of the establishment of a program to strengthen the electricity grid infrastructure of the Economic Community of the States of West Africa (ECOWAS), which should allow a strong penetration of renewable energies.

The selected consultants should work in close collaboration with the utilities, network operators and national regulators of ECOWAS member countries, as well as with the Regional Center for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency of ECOWAS (ECREEE) . They will need to identify technically and economically ideal solutions to improve the security of electricity supply in the region while allowing a sharp increase in wind and solar energy capacities. At the same time, the staff of the regional training centers should be able to continue and intensify capacity building activities on a regular basis, ”the agency said in the consultation document. 



Interested consultants can submit their offers until August 31.

A week ago, ECREEE launched a call for expressions of interest from consulting companies for the expansion of the West African Clean Energy Corridor (WACEC) program and its institutional framework. implementation.

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the German Development Agency (GIZ) are supporting the tender.

According to IRENA, the ECOWAS region currently has only 16 GW of power generation capacity, 32% of which comes from hydropower and 68% from thermal energy. This capacity can only cover 37% of the region's total demand. Only 42% of the ECOWAS population has "access to electricity, concentrated in urban areas". This rate drops to single digits in rural areas, the international agency said.

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