Haiti’s Martelly Meets With EDH Utility

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - September 7, 2012

Above: Haiti President Michel Martelly during his visit to Electricity of Haiti (Photo: OP Haiti)

By the Caribbean Journal staff

Haiti President Michel Martelly made a visit Thursday to the headquarters of Haiti’s Electricity of Haiti utility to monitor the situation with the company following Tropical Storm Isaac.

EDH has reportedly restored electrical power to the 32 metropolitan areas hit by the storm, which destroyed 230 processors and 2,200 electrical posts throughout Haiti.

Haiti’s president met with several EDH officials during the visit, including Director General Andress Apollon, to discuss ways to develop a “more effective” action plan for distributing electricity in Haiti.

“It will be a progressive emergency plan,” he said.

Martelly has called for what he termed “drastic” measures to be taken against those who interfere with EDH’s grid, and called for a new dynamic in the vision of the utility.

“We are working tirelessly to revitalize EDH,” said Apollon, the first woman to ever head the institution.

Energy is one of the so-called “Five Es” Martelly set out as priorities at the beginning of his administration: they include employment, education, energy, the environment and the Rule of Law (each begins with E in French.)

Martelly said he would “continue to accompany EDH” as Haiti looks to modernize its energy sector.

Some of that help will come from Venezuela’s PetroCaribe — between 80 and 85 percent of PetroCaribe funds target Haiti’s energy sector.

Haiti’s government subsidizes EDH to the tune of $160 million each year.

“I hate to see darkness settle in the streets and in homes,” Martelly said. “We must change that.”

Popular Posts cape santa maria

From Anguilla to Aruba, the Best Caribbean Beaches to Visit This Summer

Forget the Hamptons, forget Santorini. And Florida? There’s a reason snowbirds go home in the summer. If you’re looking for a summertime beach getaway, the Caribbean is it. The water is deliciously warm, the trade winds keep you cool and […]

From Belize to Grenada, 10 Little Caribbean Beach Resorts to Visit Right Now 


There are different resorts for different vacations, different tastes, different moods. For some, there’s something delicious about a pint-sized, tiny Caribbean resort, where the emphasis is on the intimate, the serene. Where the soundtrack isn’t a piped-in DJ set, but […]

Southwest Airlines Is Starting New Flights to Turks and Caicos, Cayman and The Bahamas 

beach at palms resort with umbrellas

Orlando has become an increasingly important source market for Caribbean travel in recent years, with carriers like Spirit and JetBlue adding new routes to the region to destinations like Cancun, Punta Cana and Puerto Rico.  Now, another carrier has is […]

Related Posts american airlines puerto rico haiti

American Airlines Adding Capacity on Puerto Rico, Haiti Flights

American Airlines is expanding its capacity with widebody aircraft on several popular Caribbean routes this summer, Caribbean Journal has learned.  This summer, American will be operating select flights from Miami to San Juan on Boeing 777-200 aircraft, according to a […]

A Clean, Reliable Power Solution for Caribbean Hotels and Resorts

caribbean power solutions

By Alexander Britell It’s one of the biggest issues for any large resort or project in the Caribbean: power generation. And it’s even harder to do so in a clean, green, cost-effective way. More and more projects in the region […]

Jetair Launches Curaçao-Dominican Republic Flights

dominican republic curacao flights

Curaçao-based airline startup Jetair has launched its third route in the Caribbean, Caribbean Journal has learned. The carrier kicked off its new flights between Curaçao and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic this week, with one weekly flight on Sundays between the […]


Sign up for Caribbean Journal's free newsletter for a daily dose of beaches, hotels, rum and the best Caribbean travel information on the net.

No. Thank You