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March 5, 2011

Chile's extended summer

The Coat of arms of ChileImage via Wikipedia
And for today's most radical and ingenious resolution of how a country deals with an energy crunch we go to Chile, where courtesy of Reuters, we read that the government has just decided to extend summer by three more week to avoid a spike in energy usage. "Chile will delay the end of its summer time for three weeks as the country faces an energy squeeze because of drought and high demand, the government said Wednesday. Chile relies heavily on hydroelectric power to meet energy needs in the world's top copper producer, and rain shortages force generators to rely on costly fuel-driven plants, compounding inflation risks in the country's fast-growing economy."
Interesting how after Spain reducing speed limits to save fuel more and more countries are preparing themselves to the coming oil shock.
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