Cuba tells officials to reduce electricity consumption

An official newspaper in Cuba reports that officials have been restricting power usage at a time that the market is being squeezed by a series of drawbacks, including decreased fuel shipments from Venezuela and tighter U.S. sanctions.

The local Communist Party newspaper Invasor in Ciego de Avila province said Sunday that police across the island have been told to reduce consumption prevent blackouts and to conserve fuel. It says a 10 percent cut is being levied on Ciego de Avila itself. So far there have not been reports of any electricity outages.

The island has suffered shortages of several basic foods since the government deals with the end of a services deal with Brazil aid from Venezuela and poor performances in sectors including tourism, sugar and nickel.