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Venezuela Shopping Centers Begin Rationing Electricity

By on February 16, 2016

Sambil Shopping Center in Caracas, Venezuela

Sambil Shopping Center in Caracas, Venezuela

SAN JUAN – Starting Tuesday, shopping malls in Venezuela will be open for business following a new schedule after the Venezuelan Chamber of Shopping Centers (Cavececo by its Spanish acronym) and the Electric Power Ministry agreed the malls will now only open Monday to Friday.

Shopping centers not having emergency powerplants will open from noon to 7 p.m., whereas those having their own powerplants will operate on regular business hours (11 a.m. to 10 p.m.).

The centers opening on regular business hours will have to provide their own power from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. to comply with the energy saving plan. The power ministry assured it would conduct thorough inspections to verify compliance with the plan.

Shopping centers will have to maintain the 10 percent energy saving requirement that has been in place since 2009.

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