Castro says Cuba will not abandon Venezuela despite U.S. 'blackmail'

Reuters | April 10, 2019

Cuban Communist Party leader Raul Castro said on Wednesday Cuba would never abandon its leftist ally Venezuela despite U.S. “blackmail”, even as the Trump administration threatened more sanctions over its support. In a speech to the national assembly, meeting to enact the new constitution, Castro said Cuba had been upping defence preparedness in recent months in view of increased U.S. hostility. The island nation had also been adopting economic measures to contend with the Trump administration’s tightening of the decades-old U.S. trade embargo, Castro told legislators. “We will never abandon our duty of acting in solidarity with Venezuela,” Castro said. “We reject strongly all types of blackmail.” U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday the United States would announce additional action to hold Cuba accountable for its support of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

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As part of the Seattle City Light Strategic Plan, the utility will replace approximately 430,000
electric meters with advanced metering infrastructure. The advanced meters will provide twoway
communication between the meter and the utility, which will allow customers to view their energy consumption in near real-time, streamline many of the processes that are currently done by hand, and eliminate the need for meter readers to visit homes and businesses. It will also allow the utility to better manage power generation and distribution and to pinpoint areas affected by power outages, helping speed restoration to affected customers. In 2012, a US Energy Information Administration (EIA) survey showed that 533 US electric utilities have installed 43,165,185 advanced meters. Approximately 89 percent are residential customer installations.

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As part of the Seattle City Light Strategic Plan, the utility will replace approximately 430,000
electric meters with advanced metering infrastructure. The advanced meters will provide twoway
communication between the meter and the utility, which will allow customers to view their energy consumption in near real-time, streamline many of the processes that are currently done by hand, and eliminate the need for meter readers to visit homes and businesses. It will also allow the utility to better manage power generation and distribution and to pinpoint areas affected by power outages, helping speed restoration to affected customers. In 2012, a US Energy Information Administration (EIA) survey showed that 533 US electric utilities have installed 43,165,185 advanced meters. Approximately 89 percent are residential customer installations.

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