November 12, 2009

Cuba To Impose Drastic Energy Saving Measures

In light of what it refers to as a "critical" energy crisis, Cuba has prescribed drastic measures for its energy providers.

On Wednesday, Reuters reported that Cuba's government has warned officials of a critical energy shortage.

In order to avoid blackouts, the Communist government has ordered the closing of several "non-essential" factories and workshops.

Additionally, the government said measures would include shutting down air conditioners and refrigerators that are not required for food and medicine.

"The energy situation we face is critical and if we do not adopt extreme measures we will have to revert to planned blackouts affecting the population," reads a message from Cuba's Council of Ministers. The document was obtained by Reuters.

"Company directors will analyze the activities that will be stopped and others reduced, leaving only those that guarantee exports, substitution of imports and basic services for the population," said a report circulated by the country's light industry.

Cuba fears a situation of energy blackouts like the one it experienced in the early 1990s following the fall of its closest ally, the Soviet Union.

According to Reuters, the current situation is not as crucial as that of the early 1990s because Cuba currently receives 93,000 barrels of crude oil each day from Venezuela.