Monday, January 16, 2006
The year 2006 started in Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital, under the sign of the blackout.
Except for the zones known as priority, some districts of the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince get electricity only two hours every three days. The luckiest districts receive it two hours per day.
The main cause of this severe rationing is linked with the inability of the national electricity company (ED'H) to obtain fuel supplies.
The electricity company has faced difficulties since February 2005. That marked the end of an emergency subsidy of twenty-seven million dollars coming from the United States Agency International Aid (USAID).
Customer demand varies between 80 and 150 megawatts.But currently ED'H has only 30 to 40 megawatts at its disposal.