Venezuela moves forward time zone 30 min to save energy

Vice President of Venezuela Jorge Arreaza arrives to attend the second day of a European Union and the Community of Latin America and Caribbean states summit on June 11, 2015 in Brussels
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Caracas (AFP) – Venezuela will shift its time zone forward 30 minutes in order to save electricity and ease a power shortage caused by drying of its hydroelectric dams, a minister said Friday.

On May 1 the country will turn the clock forward to four hours behind Greenwich Mean Time, from four-and-a-half hours currently, said Science and Technology Minister Jorge Arreaza.

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