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    Default Dominican Republic energy chief vows to end 40 years of blackouts

    I do think this belongs in the Clown Bin comedy forum:

    Dominican Republic energy chief vows to end 40 years of blackouts

    Santo Domingo.- The CEO of Dominican Republic’s State-owned Electric Utility (CDEEE) on Tuesday said the energy sector supplies 84.8 percent of the demand, and vowed to solve the nagging crisis in three years.

    Ruben Jimenez Bichara’s promise continues the tradition of his predecessors who’ve predicted a definitive fix of the country’s historic blackouts, relentless during the last 40 years.

    “What must be done is what’s being said will be done,” he said.

    He said the country’s energy system must be restored to provide efficient, stable and feasible electricity for all people who’ve long suffered the situation.

    The official pledged concrete and specific results for the national energy problem, after president Danilo Medina’s third year in office, and will “work hard” to achieve significant advances.

    “We have new plants, generating cheap and abundant power for the population,” Jimenez added, speaking after a mass to mark the 14th anniversary of the electricity distributor, Edesur.
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    Quote Originally Posted by windeguy View Post
    I think this belongs in the Comedy forum:

    Dominican Republic energy chief vows to end 40 years of blackouts



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    I saw this earlier and waited for you wg. ROFL... and insulted that anyone would make such a statement. But... here we are? Show time again with such non-sense. How long will the people swallow this stuff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ringo View Post
    I saw this earlier and waited for you wg. ROFL... and insulted that anyone would make such a statement. But... here we are? Show time again with such non-sense. How long will the people swallow this stuff?
    Rinse and repeat every time a "new guy" takes over. Same old song and dance.

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    Default 1933 "I'm in the money".

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJOjTNuuEVw

    Had a problem posting.. love the pig latin at the end.

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    A bit OT perhaps, but can anyone explain to me exactly why the power is cut at certain hours? Been here lots of times since -87, and never managed to understand what's up with los apagones. It can't be power shortage, since it would be easy to solve that problem by building more plants (and in any case, the power shortages wouldn't be so organized that they came at exact hours every day, year after year). Someone said that it's the power company's way of punishing people for stealing power, another person told me that it's the power suppliers that doesn't get enough pay from the power distributing company so they cut the electricity to different sectors at specified hours. Seems like everyone's got a theory, but no one knows for sure and can prove that their answer is actually the correct one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Makinater View Post
    A bit OT perhaps, but can anyone explain to me exactly why the power is cut at certain hours? Been here lots of times since -87, and never managed to understand what's up with los apagones. It can't be power shortage, since it would be easy to solve that problem by building more plants (and in any case, the power shortages wouldn't be so organized that they came at exact hours every day, year after year). Someone said that it's the power company's way of punishing people for stealing power, another person told me that it's the power suppliers that doesn't get enough pay from the power distributing company so they cut the electricity to different sectors at specified hours. Seems like everyone's got a theory, but no one knows for sure and can prove that their answer is actually the correct one.

    it is power shortage. Not because there aren't enough plants but because they are not producing enough. So, energy is served in rations. You haven't been given a straight answer because there isn't one. There are just too many factors that have stemmed from the original problems, that today it is a maze of problems not at all easy to fix.
    Among the biggest problems would be:

    - Power plants, by contract, are paid based on their capacity, not the amount of power they actually deliver. So a plant with the capacity to produce 200 MW is paid for that amount, even if they don't produce any W. Thanks, Balaguer.
    - Electric frauds. Not only by poor people in barrios, but also by big corporations that doctor their meters to read a fraction of what they actually use.
    - Oil-based power plants. Most plants in DR work on diesel or gas. As the price of these goods go up, the same amount amount of money can buy less, of course. Only recently have new coal plants started to work, let's see how that goes.

    But, as I said, this in only the tip of the iceberg. The topic has been discussed several times here on DR1, so you might want to check the old threads about it.

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    "How Long" I can't say, BUT, I have heard the same thing since my first visit here in 1986!
    Interestingly, all the Presidents have campaigned on the same promise.
    Which is strange, because the shortage of power, as Castle says, is not due to a shortage of energy production, but due to DR politics.
    Politicians are afraid, VERY AFRAID, to make everyone pay for what they consume!!!!
    Aprox. 52% pay little, or nothing.
    The government, at any given point in time, owes the electricity producers between 500, and 750, million US Dollars.
    The producers have only one option, they stop producing!
    The 52% who don't pay much anyway, start to "Strike", and burn tires in the streets, the government pay 100 million of their debt, and the power flows again.
    Not very well, but some.
    They price will increase no matter what, because those few who pay, must make up for those who don't.
    The DR government, subsidizes the power bill to the tune of a Billion US dollars a year.
    Think of how much more money they would available to steal, if they made everyone pay.
    My "Share" of the costs this month should be about 20,000 pesos, I'll let you know.
    CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC

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    I'll guess I will be moving this thread to the Clown Bin

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    you can fool some of the people some of the time................................................. Anyone been here more than a few weeks
    pays no attention to this sort of nonsense. Learn to read by candlelight.

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    While I don't believe this issue will be fully solved within the next 10, 15 or maybe even 30 years to his credit this guy Bichara is actually working hard and being relatively transparent as compared to others. He was at 'El Gobierno de La Manana" the other day and laid everything out and let me tell you the situation is dire, so I'm not sure HOW he plans to solve it in 3 years.

    I lost all faith when even Celso (an accomplished businessman without any political motivations) couldn't solve it or even improve it.

    On a good note we finally have three neighborhoods in Cotui with 24x7 power (Well they're supposed to be anyway)...

    The silver lining to all of this is that if there's ever a natural disaster Dominicans are well prepared for it as they're used to living without power and everyone has their own independent source of water and power.

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