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US Power Africa backs $3.6bn Ethiopian wind programme

US strategic consultancy Détente Group has signed agreements with the Ethiopian government to manage development of the country’s wind energy potential with support from President Barack Obama’s Power Africa Initiative. Détente managing partner Brien Morgan told African Energy that, based on the support received from the Export-Import Bank of the United States (US Ex-Im Bank), the Department of Commerce’s Export Assistance Center, and a 25 September meeting between Obama and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the government of Ethiopia has pledged to source the entire programme from the US renewable energy industry.

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