Building a world of
resilient communities.

MAIN LIST

 

Power blackouts in Cuba to last through end of year

HAVANA - Power blackouts that have plagued Cubans all summer will continue through the end of the year, an electricity official told local media in an interview published Thursday.

"It can't be asserted that there will be total stability ... We should be achieving that at the end of this year," Victor Puentes, head of energy saving for the government's Electricity Union power company, told the Communisty Party's daily newspaper Granma.

Residents in Havana have suffered up to 11 hours a day without electricity in recent weeks, testing their nerves and prompting some to go out on their balconies and scream in residential neighborhoods.

Energy-saving measures adopted early last month appear to have done little to help ease the blackouts, which historically plague Cuba during the sweltering summer when residential electricity demands rise sharply with children home from school, adults on vacation, and fans and air conditioners running almost constantly.

While Cuba now produces all of the crude it needs to fill the nation's electrical needs, the island's overall electrical infrastructure remains limited.

Hurricane Charley only exacerbated infrastructure problems when it ripped through Cuba Aug. 13, knocking out power in the western provinces of Havana and Pinar del Rio.

What do you think? Leave a comment below.

Sign up for regular Resilience bulletins direct to your email.

Take action!  

Find out more about Community Resilience. See our COMMUNITIES page
Start your own projects. See our RESOURCES page.
Help build resilience. DONATE NOW.

 

This is a community site and the discussion is moderated. The rules in brief: no personal abuse and no climate denial. Complete Guidelines.

Tags:  

Resilience Roundup - July 31

Global Coal Boom Ends As China — And World — Wakes Up To Reality …

Beyond Liberal Rights: Lessons from a Possible Future in Detroit

Warning US and global allies of deepening trends, Maureen Taylor, State …

The Death of the Labor Market

Over the past 20 years, the existence of common spaces, places of social …

The Cimmerian Hypothesis, Part Three: The End of the Dream

Cities are thus the Petri dishes in which civilizations ripen their ideas to …

Low-Tech Living as a "Demand-Side" Response to Climate Change and Peak Oil

Energy is often called the ‘lifeblood’ of civilisation, yet the …

What to Tell the Neighbors: Talking Resilience with Marissa Mommaerts

We can't have resilient communities if we don't have justice. We're only as …

The PAH: Defending the Right to Housing in Spain

In Spain, where the government bails out banks, the Platform for People …