Good point DMV. Consider however that there are more than three million cell phones in the country. There are 1.9 million people who do not pay a penny for electricity. How can that be? If they use electricity, they should pay for it. Period. That is one part of the story.
The other part is the simple fact that most of the generation facilities in the DR use out-of-date equipment that consumes costly fuels (like diesel, fuel oil or Bunker C) and have a high cost per kw/h in the first place. In order not to put the entire country in a blackout mode, the government was nearly forced to sign the Madrid agreement which allows these inefficiencies to continue ad infinitum, untill the government finds the "cojones" to tell them to go to he!!.
Added to that is the magic word: Maintenence. Nearly unheard of in this land. Fact: None of the hydroelectric power plants can produce 100% of their rated power because the equipment is worn out from lack of mantenance. Yet the Falconbridge power station can produce 110% of its rated power nearly 30 years after installation.
Finally, and I have said this before, the CDEEE has about a 30-35% loss of electricity in the transmission alone! Like I told my friend John, a Irish barkeep, "If you buy 100 barrels of Guinness, but 30 of them "disappear" before they get to your bar, what do you do?
He said: "Up the price on the remaining 70".
I then told him, "but as many as 25% of your customers walk out without paying?"
He said in that wonderful brogue: "Then I'm phucked!"
And that my friends is the short and sweet of it. No more, no less.