In the Midst of the Blackouts, a Luxury Hotel Without Customers Illuminates Havana

14ymedio, Juan Izquierdo, Havana, 10 August 2022 — In the midst of an almost absolute blackout in Havana’s Vedado, the Grand Aston Hotel Havana seemed to have fallen from another world, less precarious and underdeveloped. All its lamps, windows, spotlights, reflectors and even humble light bulbs were at their maximum capacity, without any attention to … Continue reading “In the Midst of the Blackouts, a Luxury Hotel Without Customers Illuminates Havana”

In Cuba, Protests Against Blackouts, and for Freedom, Spread to Holguin

14ymedio, Havana, 9 August 2022 — Nearly 200 people took to the streets on Tuesday morning in Alcides Pino, one of the 21 popular councils of city of Holguín, to protest the prolonged blackouts that the city is suffering. “Turn on the electricity dickhead,” was the majority cry of the people, between the sounds of people … Continue reading “In Cuba, Protests Against Blackouts, and for Freedom, Spread to Holguin”

Cubans Respond to the Blackouts in Bayamo with Protests, Mockery and Posters

14ymedio, Bayamo, 4 August 2022 — Things are changing in Cuba and not only in the capital. The residents of Bayamo, in modest Granma Province, no longer remain silent in the face of blackouts and openly challenge the authorities. Last Tuesday, a group of people gathered at the Altar of the Heroes, next to the … Continue reading “Cubans Respond to the Blackouts in Bayamo with Protests, Mockery and Posters”

In Camaguey, Cuba, Another Protest Against Blackouts While More Luxury Hotels are Announced

14ymedio, Havana, 1 August 2022 — Block 5 of the Nuevitas thermoelectric plant, in Camagüey, left the electrical system a few hours after it was incorporated. Official journalist Lázaro Manuel Alonso confirmed the news through his Facebook account and warned of the increase in the energy deficit that the new incident would entail. “That unit … Continue reading “In Camaguey, Cuba, Another Protest Against Blackouts While More Luxury Hotels are Announced”

Residents Take to the Streets of Altamira in Santiago de Cuba to Protest Against the Blackouts

14ymedio, Havana/Santiago de Cuba, 1 August 2022 — A demonstration in the Luis Dagnes neighborhood, at the Altamira People’s Council, Santiago de Cuba, included several residents protesting the blackouts and the precarious economic situation which the city is experiencing. The rally quickly caused the presence of several military and law enforcement forces, while the demonstrators … Continue reading “Residents Take to the Streets of Altamira in Santiago de Cuba to Protest Against the Blackouts”

Cuban Residents of Bauta, Jaguey Grande and Covadonga Protest in the Streets Against the Long Blackouts

14ymedio, Havana, 31 July 2022 — At least three protests, in different provinces of the country, took place on Saturday night demanding the restoration of electricity service. The suburb, La Minina de Bauta, Artemisa; the community of Central Australia, in Jagüey Grande, Matanzas; and the Covadonga neighborhood in the municipality of Aguada de Pasajeros in … Continue reading “Cuban Residents of Bauta, Jaguey Grande and Covadonga Protest in the Streets Against the Long Blackouts”

Night Protests in the Midst of Blackouts in Pinar del Rio and Havana

14ymedio, Havana, 15 July 2022 — The state telecommunications monopoly, Etecsa, kept the internet cut off for at least half an hour in Cuba, coinciding with two protests that took place almost simultaneously, in the early morning this Friday, in the capital and in the west of the country. In Los Palacios, Pinar del Río, … Continue reading “Night Protests in the Midst of Blackouts in Pinar del Rio and Havana”

Cuba One Year Since July 11 (11J): The Blackouts Get Worse

14ymedio, Elias Amor Bravo, Economist, 9 July 2022 — We are approaching the first anniversary of July 11, the day when the Cuban people peacefully and courageously expressed that they were in a position to demand a political change for democracy, freedom and human rights in Cuba. And while the regime recreates itself in propaganda … Continue reading “Cuba One Year Since July 11 (11J): The Blackouts Get Worse”

There Will be More Blackouts in Cuba Due to the ‘Considerable Damage’ of a Fire at the Felton Plant

14ymedio, Havana, 9 July 2022 — A large fire in unit two of the Lidio Ramón Pérez Thermoelectric Power Plant, in Felton, in the Holguin municipality of Mayarí, occurred this Friday afternoon with no reported loss of human life. The disaster aggravates the energy crisis that the Island is going through and augers new days … Continue reading “There Will be More Blackouts in Cuba Due to the ‘Considerable Damage’ of a Fire at the Felton Plant”

In the Midst of Daily Blackouts, Cuba Organizes a Renewable Energy Fair

14ymedio, Havana, 16 June 2022 — The Cuban population’s weariness of a summer without power grows and jumps from social networks to the streets. If Tuesday was a day of protest for the university residents of Camagüey, on Wednesday came the banging on pots through the streets of Manzanillo, in the province of Granma. The … Continue reading “In the Midst of Daily Blackouts, Cuba Organizes a Renewable Energy Fair”

New Failures in Power Plants Cause More Blackouts in Cuba

14ymedio, Havana, 24 May 2022 — Despite the voluntarist declarations of the Cuban leaders, there will be no truce this week for the blackouts on the Island. As published on Tuesday by the Cuban Electrical Union (UNE) and featured in Cubadebate, there was a failure this Monday afternoon at the Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Thermoelectric Plant in Cienfuegos. Unit 3 of … Continue reading “New Failures in Power Plants Cause More Blackouts in Cuba”

Blackouts Push Cubans’ Patience to the Limits

14ymedio, Havana, 23 May 2022 — “This looks more and more like the 1990s,” was the phrase with which a resident of Jovellar Street in Central Havana described the power outage suffered by the area since nine in the morning. The dreaded blackouts have returned to the gates of a summer that is perceived as … Continue reading “Blackouts Push Cubans’ Patience to the Limits”

Cuba’s Electric Union Announces Blackouts and Projects ‘Stable’ Service in the Summer’

14ymedio, Havana, 3 April 2022 — Cuba’s Electric Union (UNE) has announced breakdowns in the electrical service due to the “unforeseen exit” of several generation units in the Felton thermoelectric plants in Holguín, and the Diez de Octubre plant in Nuevitas, Camagüey. In addition, it is working “to guarantee the stability of this service in … Continue reading “Cuba’s Electric Union Announces Blackouts and Projects ‘Stable’ Service in the Summer’”

The Reason for the Blackouts in Cuba: Monopoly Costs and Prices

Elías Amor Bravo, Economist, 30 October 2021 —  Blackouts have become a threat to Cubans this October, although in no way can they be considered only a current phenomenon. The difference between what happened before, and now, is the information offered by the authorities to explain why these unpleasant events occur. Undoubtedly, the regime must believe that … Continue reading “The Reason for the Blackouts in Cuba: Monopoly Costs and Prices”

New Blackouts Are Announced and Cubans Get More Desperate Every Day

14ymedio, Havana, 30 September 2021 — More blackouts, more citizen complaints and the same excuses from officialdom. The Cuban Electricity Union (UNE) announced this Thursday that there would be power outages on the island due to a “deficit in generation.” According to a note published in the official press, on Wednesday night there were blackouts “due … Continue reading “New Blackouts Are Announced and Cubans Get More Desperate Every Day”