Morocco on Track for 2020 Renewable Energy Goals

Rabat – The production of electricity using renewable energy has reached 34 percent in 2017, according to the chairman of the Executive Board of the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN), Mustapha Bakkoury.Morocco’s 2020 goals to increase the contribution of renewable energies to the production of electricity to 42 percent–52 percent by 2030–are on track.“At the end of 2017, we are at 34 percent capacity produced from renewable sources,” said Bakkoury at the end of one working session presided over by King Mohammed VI at the Royal Palace in Casablanca. The 2018 solar program will markedly extend the Noor Laayoune I and Noor Boujdour I plants to bring them up to the 2020 desired capacities.The director has also announced that the “large project of Midelt” is advancing in very good conditions, and that the construction of solar power plants will start no later than early 2019.In terms of wind energy, he said that 2018 will see the commissioning of plants that will produce capacities of around 300 megawatts, as well as the launch of new projects, notably in Midelt and Taza, “which are expected to reinforce the 42 percent target for 2020.”Bakkoury continued to say that several agreements signed with African countries will gain momentum this year, with the aim of strengthening the dynamics of South-South partnerships.These agreements will allow, in addition to the exchange of expertise, the co-development of projects to the reinforce the economic development of the continent. read more

Frank Flannery says PAC had a feral attitude towards him

first_imgFORMER REHAB CEO Frank Flannery says that the Public Accounts Committee’s pursuit of him is “not entirely unrelated” to his former standing in Fine Gael.Speaking to Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio One today, Flannery said that PAC had acted “outside of the law” in their attempts to compel himself and Angela Kerins to appear.The interview comes just two days after the Committee on Procedure and Privileges declined to give PAC permission to compel Kerins and Flannery to attend a public hearing.The CPP said it received legal advice which formed the view that, “It is only empowered to proceed with the examination of an account audited or report prepared by the Comptroller and Auditor General.”Rehab is not audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General, but does receive around €80 million inToday, Flannery said that he did not go in because “they (PAC) were interested in having a go at me, they were not interested in the expenditure of public money”.“Had I gone in, it would have made no difference. They wanted publicity, they wanted headlines.He said that PAC members had a “feral attitude” and were “out for destruction”.“I saw one of them saying their greatest achievement was forcing the Rehab CEO to resign.”He said that the situation had became “unlawful and dangerous”.Flannery said that he had never received a response to a letter that he sent to the PAC in March.He said that the “ordeal” had left him “battered and bruised”.Flannery said that the damage done to the Rehab Group was “the greatest pain” to him in the whole affair.Read: PAC told they can’t force Flannery and Kerins to come before itlast_img read more