Venezuela to save energy with daytime football

BY foxsports • October 29, 2009

Prompted by President Hugo Chavez's call to conserve energy, the Venezuelan Premier Division will switch to daytime games.

The Venezuelan Football Federation said on Wednesday its teams will begin playing matches at 3 p.m. rather than 6 p.m. to avoid having to use stadium lights.

Chavez has been urging Venezuelans to conserve energy as the country struggles with a monthslong drought that has left water levels in dams at record lows and caused frequent power blackouts. Hydroelectric power provides about 75 percent of the electricity Venezuela consumes.

Critics say Chavez is partly to blame because his government failed to upgrade Venezuela's power grid.

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