Cuba Called to Work to Solve Energy Situation

President Miguel Díaz-Canel called here today to work for returning to normal in the current energy situation, however, he insisted on not abandoning saving measures to take care of resources.

Díaz-Canel led a work visit to this eastern territory to check the measures taken in the situation caused by the shortage of fuel, on which occasion he highlighted the coherence and intelligence of the Guantanamo people to minimize their effects.

Before national and local authorities, the head of state emphasized that the responsibility for the energy situation in the country dconsequence of U.S. aggressive policy, now more aggravated by the imperial policy of President Donald Trump.

At another time, the Cuban president recognized the work of Guantanamo in the attention to the people, especially in areas related to housing construction and supply of drinking water.

Likewise, Díaz-Canel socialized initiatives carried out in other territories that may be useful in the face of the current energy situation.

Together with the first Cuban vice president, Salvador Valdés, and other national and local authorities, the head of State learned about the work of that territory and its priorities.

In that sense, the president of the Provincial Assembly of the Popular Power in Guantanamo, Emilio Matos, listed the priorities for this stage, headed by the distribution of food, educational activities and health programs.

For his part, the delegate of Agriculture in Guantanamo, Diosnel San Loys, said the vitality of that sector is guaranteed, in particular, tomato and coffee crops.

Since last week, the head of state has been touring Cuban provinces in order to analyze the measures with a view to minimizing the effects with the shortage of fuel.

So far, the president has visited the western provinces of Pinar del Río, Havana, Artemisa and Mayabeque, and is now in eastern Guantanamo.

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Exchange of Experiences on Renewable Energy in Germany

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) will provide a space in Germany for the exchange of experiences in the field over the next few days, the organization informed on its website.

Starting tomorrow, and until next Friday, IRENA foresees the celebration of the so-called Innovation Week 2018 in the German city of Bonn, an event that will bring together about 250 leading, innovative and political companies of the entire membership of that entity with headquarters in Abu Dhabi, according to the report.

The event, whose last edition was held in 2016, seeks to explore how innovations in enabling technologies, business models, system operations and sector linkage can accelerate the transition towards renewable energy matrices.

According to the report, the attending political leaders will have the opportunity to learn from their counterparts and innovative leaders about the state and the possibilities arising from emerging creations.

According to IRENA, the renewable energy sector is undergoing transformative changes, such as the increasing digitization of systems and the greater decentralization of electricity supply.

Caricom and Cuba To Discuss Energy Co-op

A delegation of the Caribbean Community will travel to Cuba soon to assess opportunities to carry out renewable energy projects in the area, an official source confirmed.

Devon Gardner, Caricom Manager of Energy Development Projects, told Cuban Ambassador in Guyana, Julio Cesar Gonzalez, that the idea is to make come true plans to produce biogas and generate electricity from agricultural waste like bagasse, among other initiatives.

According to Gardner, the delegation would be led by Assistant Secretary General for Trade and Economic Integration, Joseph Cox.

Gardner also praised Cuba's controbution to the integration process in the area, the formation of human resources and the assistance to Caribbean nations, despite being a victim of the US economic, financial and commercial blockade for over half a century.

Caricom and Cuba established diplomatic relations over 40 years ago based on friendship and collaboration.

The parties hold bilateral summits every three years to review and expand cooperation projects and integration in the fields of education, health, energy and trade, among others.

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Cuba to Increase Renewable Energy Output

Cuba is implementing a renewable energy program that will allow increase the output of those sources up to 24 percent to the country´s electric generation capacity by 2030.

Addressing a National Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation, the director of Renewable Energy at the Energy and Mining Ministry, engineer Rosell Guerra said that the program includes the construction of 13 big wind farms with a total output of 633 Megawatts; the setting up of solar panel fields with a 700 megawatt capacity; 19 bio-electric facilities closed to sugar mills with a production capacity of 755 megawatts, and another 74 small hydroelectric plants that would produce 56 megawatts.

There are also other projects that would produce electricity from the processing of biomass, solar energy,and the use of urban, organic, industrial and agriculture wastes.

The expert said that the program includes the setting up of 200 thousand solar heaters in hospitals, homes, industries, and the introduction of LED technology in street and home lighting, as well as the use of solar panels in 21 thousand homes located in remote areas.

The national conference, underway in the eastern Havana town of Cojimar, is being attended by 200 members of the country´s scientific community, particularly for priority sectors such as energy, food production, health, the environment, and others.

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