The electricity crisis is escalating quickly

Guri Dam, where most of our electricity comes from.

Failures in the national transmission system produced two major blackouts in the Western part of the country last week: one on Wednesday and another one last Saturday.

The electric crisis has worsened in recent weeks, to the dismay of an uninformed population. That’s not all: programmed blackouts are getting longer and Mérida will face a month-long “saving plan”.

We already know this crisis will go on for a very long time. But things could get even worse as Guri Dam is now producing 25% less power, according to workers’ union Sintraedelca.

Corpoelec has admitted the problem and indicated that Guri’s production will return to normal levels soon, but the head of Sintraedelca Alexander Arcia strongly disagrees.

The latest wave of electrical failures isn’t limited to ordinary citizens: Metal industries, oil refineries and even the water supply are suffering the consequences of the ongoing crisis.

The Electricity Ministry got new funding from the National Assembly and continues to rely on the Cuban “expertise”: Electric workers will travel there to participate in union-related courses as part of a bilateral “agreement to form socio-political cadres”. Right, because the best way to fix our faulty electrical system is through ideological indoctination.

The rodent makes it quite clear: Los apagones realmente son la patria nueva… 

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  1. Cual sera la gota que derramara el vaso en Vzla? Que tan cerca estamos del borde?
    Yo me fui hace 8 años pq no soportaba mas y me pudde ir, pero que paciencia tiene la gente que sigue alla. Incluyendo mi familia completa. Que desastre…

  2. Shouldn’t that be “The Electricity Crisis”? If you just say Electric Crisis, it sounds like the you’re describing the crisis itself instead of saying the nature of the crisis is due to electricity.. oh never mind it’s really a minor nit.

  3. You know – I did not even have to look at the author’s name to guess who wrote this piece of fiction. So what if there are some electricity cuts. It is nowhere near as bad asin 2007 and 2008.

    Suggest some policies for the opposition to get back into power since all this criticism and manipulation has simply not worked. That is why the opposition will be lucky to win 10% of the alcaldias and Maduro is leading Cpariles in all polls done so far in case there is a presidential electi8on.

    Gustavo – you never learn. You would be better suited at protesting outside the Cuban embassy. The opposition in unelectable and it does its image no favors by agrediendo an old man in the street yesterday outsude the Cuban embassy in Varuta. How valiant can you get attackiung senior citizens. Absolutaly disgraceful.

    • Verga muchacho, the one who doesn’t learn seems to be you.

      In 2007-2008 you all were denying there were cuts, now these are “not as bad”

      Then it was iguanas trained by the CIA, what is it today?

      Retards who can’t even spell BARUTA correctly?

      So what if industrial processes are interrupted, causing more expenses.

      So what if food spoils in refrigerators that burn out with voltage spikes, that ‘s what MERCAL and HAIER are for, right?

      So what if water treatment plants get contaminated because pumps don’t work and backflow contaminates the water supply, right?

      AS long as the PUS remains in power, who cares, right Mr. VARUTA?

    • I just spent some time in Barinas and there were frequent blackouts, sometimes twice a day, even in the nice areas. Seems to be as bad there as ever, only the chavista gentry/guys living narco-style (well paid bureaucrats who like to party?) had their generators kicking in, so there was no shortage of ice for the drinks. Maybe that’s why you don’t notice Arturo. Chavismo has created a private market for electricity and capitalism has filled it.

      • Hey! Truro, I thought that crisis was due to El Niño and not El Niño Moribundo. There is no Niño this year, but El Moribundo has yet to repair a Guri turbine.

  4. Last statistic I saw on power transmission losses Venezuela led the latin american score with about 20 odd percent losses . Dont know whether the stats has improved , The electricity crisis ( which is mostly felt outside Ccs) is an emblematic crisis but comes accompanied by a host of other cummulative crisis , in food staples , motor spare parts and many other items , The financial crisis in the gubernamental accounts is another crisis and one which overlaps with the former , there is also a political crisis tied to the health of Chavez and the rivalry between his supporters . All these crisis put together represent the Mother of all Crisis which the regime must face . The crisis is mounting and getting worse !!

    • PM, some of us grew up during the first Caldera administration and I clearly recall that there were plenty of apagones in CCS. Each room in my house had the ubiquitous vela and fósforos ready. True that those were different times, but my sense is that people get used to it. Whereas when you live in Canada and you lose electricity in the dead of winter, you are in deep trouble. Now, to answer your question: I have no idea what he would say.

      • I also grew up in Caracas, and yes, there were apagones every now and then. But it does not compare to the electric crisis we had in 2009. And you can’t say it’s because of the lack of rain, cuz the draught in 1998 was much much more severe. Under Caldera, with the oil barrel at around $11, we managed to survive the draught without having to impose major power rationing.

        Also, mine was a rhetorical question. I don’t have the videos but back in the 90’s Chavez was going around saying Caldera should resign for his “incompetence”

  5. All I know is that there will not no power outages in the Hospital where Chavez is. Or, at least, they will truck plenty of ice bars so he does not decompose all that quickly.

  6. I think that this particular set of power outages is being cause by “Project Frankenstein” or in other words they are trying to bring someone in Caracas back from the dead! Must not have been enough juice in Habana.

  7. It’s so very interesting to note that “Arturo”, or whatever the f*** his hame is, hasn’t chimed in yet with his “priceless” comments.


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