Recommendations to solve the Linden electricity standoff
I am a Guyanese medical student studying in Cuba and everyday, I am dismayed
reading about the Linden situation. I would like to make a suggestion based on what I have seen here in Cuba.
The cost of electricity here is heavily subsidized by the government because the majority of Cubans cannot afford to pay the real cost. Every Cuban household has a quota and when they pass that quota they are charged at a higher rate. This is simply based on the principle that if you are of poor economic standings, then you should use less electricity.
It is said that Linden households burn some three times the amount of electricity as compared to what is being used elsewhere in Guyana. Now imagine the difference it would have made if they used half the amount of electricity of a normal household, at a subsidized rate, while for everything above that quota they pay a normal rate…like the rest of the country.
In Linden, such a principle could reduce the government’s electricity subsidy to 17%, benefiting
those who really cannot afford to pay.
Guyanese student in Cuba