November 1, 2002
No one bats an eye in Santo Domingo when the lights go out, as they occasionally do in a normal business day. The Dominican Republic has been living with a power deficit for years, even after the government decided to privatize the electricity industry in 1999. As the economy has grown, demand for energy has increased at an annual average rate of 8.4% over the last nine years. The country generates about 1,200 megawatts of power, far short of average demand of 1,600 megawatts. In September Presi
The government is finally trying to resolve the country's power shortage.