Cuba Implements New Energy Saving Measures

Thursday evening’s The Round Table television program focused on the new series of measure aimed at saving energy across the country tin light of the international economic crisis and a marked jump in electricity consumption during the preceding months

By: Yailin Orta Rivera

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2009-06-05 | 14:37:59 EST
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Thursday evening’s The Round Table television program focused on the new series of measure aimed at saving energy across the country.

Vice Minister of the Economy and Planning (MEP) Julio Vázquez Roque said that the new measures are not being applied because of a lack of supply or generating capacity, but rather due to the international economic crisis and a marked jump in electricity consumption during the preceding months.

Vázquez Roque said that 50 percent of the fuel used in Cuba goes towards generating electricity. He noted that government officials identified a need to contain the increment in energy use in the state sector so as not to jeopardize investments in vital sectors such as healthcare.

Julio Vázquez Roque said that the world crisis has affected Cuba, in the decreasing value and demand for its main export products such as nickel, seafood and cigars; and in the tourist industry.

The MEP vice minister said that added to these challenges is the US economic blockade of Cuba. “Given this current outlook, it is inexcusable that in the months of April and May we have exceed our energy consumption by 63,000 tons of fuel.”

Vázquez Roque pointed out that there were more than 3,000 violations related to energy use in the state sector and general ignorance of energy-saving plans at several state companies.

He said that, as such, a series of measures were designed to be implemented at all levels throughout the country. Any company that exceeds its consumption limits or commits violations will have its electricity cut off. Infractions in the residential sector can lead to a three-day suspension of this service.

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