CARACAS – Venezuela’s moribund power grid (aka National Electric System or SEN) is threatening to leave the oil-rich country pitch black for good as 11,055 power failures have been registered in January of this year alone, an increase of 1,000% from 2019 and 2020, Aixa López, head of the NGO Comité de Afectados por Los Apagones (people affected by power cuts committee), told local daily TalCual in an interview on Friday.
López said that states with most power cuts were Zulia, Mérida and Trujillo with 1,883, 1,345 and 1,233, respectively, followed by Barinas (956), Miranda (876), Táchira (765), Guárico (458), Portuguesa (423), Lara (365), Falcón (324), Cojedes (259), Monagas (256), Bolívar (245), Delta Amacuro (237), Apure (233), Nueva Esparta (198), Anzoátegui (188), Aragua (178), Yaracuy (116), Sucre (112), Carabobo (106), Vargas (78) and the Capital District (76).
The Capital District was the area registering more power peaks with reports of service interruptions taking place in key parishes of Western Caracas such as El Recreo, El Valle, Coche, and San Pedro.
According to data by Comité de Afectados por Los Apagones, some 157,719 outages were registered last year with Zulia being the most affected with over 32,000 power cuts.
In addition, western states such as Táchira and Mérida had 18,519 and 13,218 power failures during the same period.