Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has declared three-day weekends for April and May, in an attempt to slow energy use in the face of a drought that is drying up the reservoirs that are used to produce electricity. Several months of drought are wreaking havoc in the South American country, and one of the results has been a strain on the energy supply.
Maduro wants to lower the usage of electricity, so he says everyone should take Fridays off to keep the country from having to start rationing electricity. Maduro said the 60 days of three-day weekends will get the county through a rough period. He is also asking large users like shopping malls and hotels to generate their own electricity for some part of the day each day.
Heavy industries will have to cut power usage by 20 percent. The industrial areas are already down to 50 percent of normal usage. Raw materials are also scarce, which has cut down industrial usage.
Norka asked people to cooperate, from industries down to individual families. This action according to her dateas review will apply to all government related jobs, but it is not clear whether it will be required of private company jobs.
Venezuela gets most of its electricity from water power, which is being negatively impacted by the severe drought. The county has one of the world’s largest oil reserves, and lowered oil prices has had a severe impact on the economy. Many objected, including some who support the socialistic regime.