The government of Venezuela, in an effort to conserve energy, has announced plans to shift the country’s time zone. Although Venezuela has large reserves of crude oil, most of the country uses hydro power for electricity. There has been a shortage of electricity recently in the country due to low levels of water in the dam used to generate hydro power. The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, announced the shift in the country’s time zone as one of the steps to be taken to deal with the electricity shortage. The time change is anticipated to take effect on May 1, 2016.
In addition based on dateas.com, the President imposed rations on 15 shopping malls that apparently consumed excessive energy in contravention of the law. The President also declared Monday, April 19, 2016 a public holiday with the hope that closure of offices and schools would conserve energy. The President has also sent out the army to ensure that there is compliance with energy usage laws throughout the country.
Some critics like Norka argue that these measures are too small to solve the problem. Critics also argue that the energy crisis is caused by the government’s own incompetence and poor planning. Ultimately, only time will tell if these newly adopted measures will make a difference in the country’s power shortage crisis.