Work Suspended in ‘Non-essential’ Companies to Limit Blackouts in Cuba

14ymedio, Havana, 15 May 2021 — After hundreds of complaints in the social networks, Cuban authorities announced this Friday that the electrical blackouts in recent days are due to breakages in plants in Matanzas and Havana and that they are working on the problem. Directors of the Ministry of Energy and Mines said on The … Continue reading “Work Suspended in ‘Non-essential’ Companies to Limit Blackouts in Cuba”

With the Blackouts, the ‘Temporary Situation’ Becomes Permanent

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 16 September 2020 — This Wednesday, September 16, the scheduled blackouts begin in Havana to reduce energy consumption and, according to the official press, stop “a tendency to overuse that the country cannot afford.” This completes prophecy made by the Government a year ago when Miguel Díaz-Canel announced, on September 11, … Continue reading “With the Blackouts, the ‘Temporary Situation’ Becomes Permanent”

Blackouts and Covid Outbreaks Appear in Havana

14ymedio, Havana, July 9, 2020 — The epidemiological situation is complicated in Havana, and the light at the end of the tunnel never arrives. This couldn’t be better said. On Wednesday, while part of the capital was living in a blackout that lasted for nine hours, the authorities, in their daily meeting about supervising the … Continue reading “Blackouts and Covid Outbreaks Appear in Havana”

Blackouts in Sight in the Midst of COVID19

Elias Amor Bravo, Economist, April 20, 2020 — Unión Nacional Eléctrica, the state enterprise that has a monopoly over Cuba’s electrical supply, wants people isolated in their homes due to the quarantine as a consequence of COVID 19 to consume less electricity. Let’s go, turn off the lights. The company declared in the state-run newspaper Granma that … Continue reading “Blackouts in Sight in the Midst of COVID19”

Cubans Dread the Return of Lengthy Blackouts

14ymedio, Havana, April 19th, 2020 — Cubans fear that added to the Covid-19 crisis on the Island will be electrical black-outs due to exhaustion of fuel supply, a concern that has increased this week when the authorities made an appeal to save energy on account of the increased consumption due to confinement and the elevated … Continue reading “Cubans Dread the Return of Lengthy Blackouts”

Blackouts for Cuba’s Private Restaurants But Not for State Hotels

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 7 October 2019 — The owner of a spacious restaurant in Vedado walks around the premises carrying a fan to place it near a table where some customers are sweating buckets. “I am very sorry but they have put me a fixed quota of electricity and I can barely turn on … Continue reading “Blackouts for Cuba’s Private Restaurants But Not for State Hotels”

Cubans Increasingly Annoyed by Blackouts and Government Silence

14ymedio / Mario J. Pentón, Havana, 14 July 2019 —  Despite the government’s commitment not to allow “programmed blackouts” this summer, power cuts of several hours are multiplying throughout the country and causing annoyance among the population. Pinar del Río, Artemisa, Mayabeque, Villa Clara, Cienfuegos, Camagüey, Las Tunas, Holguín and Santiago de Cuba are the most … Continue reading “Cubans Increasingly Annoyed by Blackouts and Government Silence”

Venezuela Now Has Imported Blackouts / Ciro Diaz

This video is under two minutes long. Originally posted in 2012, we reposted it in 2014 given what was happening in Venezuela. It seems even more prescient now, in 2019, so here it is again. The subtitles appear to have stopped working.  Here are the lyrics: IMPORTED BLACKOUTS – An original song by Ciro Diaz … Continue reading “Venezuela Now Has Imported Blackouts / Ciro Diaz”

Blackouts and Annoyance Continue in Camagüey

14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez, Camagüey, 20 February 2018 — Darkness and silence envelops the nights in the city of Camagüey since the fire at the 10 de Octubre Thermoelectric Company, in Nuevitas, on 25 January. Almost a month later, blackouts and annoyance continue to affect residents. Brigades from various parts of the country are working under the … Continue reading “Blackouts and Annoyance Continue in Camagüey”

No More Blackouts? / Cubanet, Gladys Linares

“If water and electricity have the same owner, why do they turn off my power when I need it most?” Cubanet.org, Gladys Linares, Havana, 28 April 2015 – The word “blackout” was eliminated by the Electric Company.  Nevertheless, blackouts continue, managed, disguised, masked with terms like free channel, breakdown, maintenance, pole change, broken cables, etc., … Continue reading “No More Blackouts? / Cubanet, Gladys Linares”

Venezuela Now Has Imported Blackouts / Ciro Javier Díaz Penedo

This video is under two minutes long. We have re-posted it given what’s going on in Venezuela. The subtitles appear to have stopped working. Here are the lyrics in English: IMPORTED BLACKOUTS – An original song by Ciro Diaz Ohhh…. Fucking up a little island is nothing Anyone can fuck up a little island With … Continue reading “Venezuela Now Has Imported Blackouts / Ciro Javier Díaz Penedo”

Blackouts Wreak Havoc in Villa Clara / Yoel Espinosa Medrano

SANTA CLARA, Cuba, October 9, 2013, Yoel Espinosa Medrano / www.cubanet.org.- Blackouts of up to ten hours a day have been seriously affecting residents in the province of Villa Clara for several weeks now. Electricity is the main choice for cooking. Last week in Santa Clara about 200 people in the Condado neighborhood went out … Continue reading “Blackouts Wreak Havoc in Villa Clara / Yoel Espinosa Medrano”

Venezuela Now Has Imported Blackouts / Ciro Javier Diaz Penedo

This video is under two minutes long. The subtitles appear to have stopped working.  Here are the lyrics: IMPORTED BLACKOUTS – An original song by Ciro Diaz Ohhh…. Fucking up a little island is nothing Anyone can fuck up a little island With few natural resources it was easy, to drown it in misery But … Continue reading “Venezuela Now Has Imported Blackouts / Ciro Javier Diaz Penedo”

A Russian Oil Tanker, the Third Since July, is Heading for Cuba with 700,000 Barrels of Crude

14ymedio, Havana, 16 September 2022 — Shipments of crude oil from Russia to Cuba are becoming more frequent. The Transsib Bridge had barely arrived in Matanzas when an oil tanker of the same company, the Kazan, loaded 700,000 barrels in the Baltic port of Primorsk, bound for a refinery in Havana, according to data from … Continue reading “A Russian Oil Tanker, the Third Since July, is Heading for Cuba with 700,000 Barrels of Crude”

Two Seriously Injured in Luyano, Cuba, in Fire of Two Motorbikes and Gas Cans

14ymedio, Juan Diego Rodríguez, Havana, 13 September 2022 — Two people were seriously injured in the fire at a house in Luyanó, in the Havana municipality of Diez de Octubre, in the early hours of Tuesday. According to the neighbors, who spoke to this newspaper, the fire began at four in the morning when an … Continue reading “Two Seriously Injured in Luyano, Cuba, in Fire of Two Motorbikes and Gas Cans”