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President Chavez Creates Ministry of Electric Energy

During the Council of Ministers meeting held this Wednesday at the Miraflores Presidential Palace, the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, announced that he will sign a decree calling for the creation of the Ministry of Electric Energy, which will be aimed at administrating the energy sector of the country and strengthening the national energy system.

He also said that the existing Venezuelan Energy Corporation will be reviewed and a strategic commission – to be chaired by Vice President Ramon Carrizalez – will be created -and will directly involve workers on the administration, management and solutions of different problems related to the Venezuelan energy sector.

He also said the decree includes a mandate for all state institutions to reduce their energy use by 20 percent, while in Miraflores, the seat of the central government, it will be reduced by 50%.

In addition, President Chavez urged governors, mayors and officials of other state offices to promote a campaign to reduce the consumption of energy in each institution.

Likewise, he urged the Minister of People's Power for Education Hector Navarro and and the Minister of People’s Power for University Education Luis Acuna to create a program on energy education aimed at raising people's consciousness about the importance of avoiding energy waste and giving a better use to some public utilities such as energy and water.

Finally, he warned state officials to pay their institution’s energy bill otherwise the amount will be deducted from the constitutional allocation or from the financial contributions made by state institutions, such as the Inter-governmental Fund for Decentralization (Fides).

Bolivarian News Agency (ABN) / Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press and Communications Office / October 22, 2009

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