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    The perennial problem has returned (no pun). Heck the problem never left. It was just simmering and with the rise of oil prices and the general worldwide economic downturn, its ugly head has resurfaced. The blackout riots are becoming as frequent as robberies and lynchings. I can remember Leonel's first term where he stated a solution to the electrical problem was a top priority. Well we are in his third.......

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    I recognise the name of the correspondent - our very own macocael!

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    Default The 17th

    Quote Originally Posted by windeguy View Post
    An interesting way to say September 7th.
    What makes you believe it's September?

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    The Miami Herald!!! The official Brass knuckles of the city of Miami (tourism industry) that shines the news of the DR always the negative stuff!!!

    So much envy!!! LOL!!!!!

    The blackouts are very simple indeed! The majority wants electricity but not pay for it!
    That time is gone with the wind!!!!

    The generators are NOT being paid as agreed, but payments are done in a delayed time, so they are not able to keep up with the tabs for new oil imports...

    Is like allowing a person to fill the gas tank at your service station and only paying for the last "tab" but as they fill the tank anew each time...

    The sectors that are not impacted by the apagones are the ones that pay their bill as any normal person would to the grid that services them. The gov pays the bill that "free loaders" get to put on the tab. As the gov can't possibly keep up with the ever growing tab, as generators increase the prices due to interest charged to them for the tab they must pay for the new oil imports (running on IOU's from the gov every cycle), the margin of operations becomes too thin to avoid going out of the grid more times than not.

    To address the problem, the gov WILL CUT the subsidy to the "free loaders" and allow the rule of law to take place. Those that want electricity must pay for it or else face fines or jail for hooking up to the system as they do today...

    Subsidy to the electrical free loaders will be terminated but it will cause major unrest and angry mobs from those that think having electricity is to be paid by everyone else but themselves...

    The gov needed to buy Shell out of the refinery so that they could use the leverage to allow the petrocaribe agreement some leeway to the gov as they supply the generators with the fuel and at the same time provide salvation from having to militarize the country to avoid widespread chaos and anarchy.

    The time is running out (as well as the money to pay for subsidies for free loaders) and it looks like the take over by the gov of the refinery is in the final steps...

    That will provide the gov some breathing room to implement the new Ethanol plan and alternative power generation to become once again a provider to the grid and therefore not have to pay generators for subsidies provided to the free loaders.

    It all takes time to do such big moves, people think this is a problem of generation, but it's the increase of free loaders and never ending subsidy to the sector that is killing the economy and development of the country.

    For those sectors than think they will get away with anarchy in the streets:
    The recent changes in command within the military will be completed soon and as such, be VERY careful what you plan to do...

    Law and order will be mandatory and not one single opportunity given to any whom...

    The subsidy to the electrical sector will be done to the most needy of society and proven (checked) to need such aid directly via discount cards that will secure the basic needs within a given usage. Any usage above and beyond the pre-calculated will be out of their own pocket...
    One Dominican at a time please!


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    do many people get electrocuted when hooking up to the power lines - just seems to be a ladder and a pair of pliers job....should we be reporting these things ,to whom and would they actually be interested

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    Yes, it's a common cause of death here, as reported in the local newspapers. I know one person (a campesino who lived near Mr C's finca) who died that way.

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    i suppose a lot of people dont realise the dangers- a bit like when they stick their head out into the road to look at a flat tyre

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    Quote Originally Posted by PICHARDO View Post
    The blackouts are very simple indeed! The majority wants electricity but not pay for it!
    That time is gone with the wind!!!!


    The sectors that are not impacted by the apagones are the ones that pay their bill as any normal person would to the grid that services them. The gov pays the bill that "free loaders" get to put on the tab.
    That will provide the gov some breathing room to implement the new Ethanol plan and alternative power generation to become once again a provider to the grid and therefore not have to pay generators for subsidies provided to the free loaders.

    It all takes time to do such big moves, people think this is a problem of generation, but it's the increase of free loaders and never ending subsidy to the sector that is killing the economy and development of the country.

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    Live in one of those areas that pays their bill! and was out for 5 days, after Fay passed. streets all around did have lights. happen to be on the same circut as el conde. Oh an every day lights go at about 7am for 6 hours. this has been since the elections. when surprise surprise there were no outages, would not have had anything to do with that right.

    Have heard since 1990 that elec. was a priority, load of crap. 18 years and not an iota of change. diff. is nobody is selling all the sugar, and the lines at the bomba's are not 4 blocks long, with a max sale of 5gal.

    should load up all the spoiled food and dump on LF;s doorstep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by windeguy View Post
    On speaking to Edenorte today, they said that the problem with the Puerto Plata generator will be fixed "21 days after the 17th". An interesting way to say September 7th. Let's see what happens.

    unless it's 21 days of business hours, which for example in Codetel's language would mean 63 days. yes, when they tell you they have 24 business hours to repair, it is actually 3 x 8 business hours - 3 business days. Masters of camouflage.

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