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Lights out in commercial districts

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Businesses using nocturnal commercial lighting, signs, or advertisements, will be required to turn them off from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m., every day, or face sanctions.
The forecast of fewer rains, coupled with the uncontrolled spending habit typical of countless Panamanians, has pushed authorities to order the rationing of electricity usage across the country.

According to Resolution AN No.3206-Elec, dated Dec. 29, 2009, the National Authority of Public Services (ASEP) indicated that natural or legal persons who use nocturnal commercial lighting, signs, or advertisements, will be required to turn them off from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m., every day.

ASEP manager, Denis Moreno, said 2010 will see a strong summer climate-wise and predicts that in April, the country will reach a new record for energy demand, which would exceed the 1,130 megawatts reported last September.

The demand is getting increasing closer to the maximum capacity alloted for the system.

On Dec. 30, 2009, national electricity center Etesa reported a spare capacity of 1,345 megawatts and a peak demand of 1,072 megawatts.

For this reason, authorities are implementing the above measure as an energy-savings plan to prevent a potential catastrophe.

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