CARACAS – The government plans to cut service to 96 big electricity users in Caracas on Monday for not having been able to reduce their consumption by at least 20 percent as officials requested, Venezuelan Vice President Elias Jaua said.
Everyone, especially those who are heavy consumers of electricity, must work to alleviate the power shortage problem caused by the worst drought registered in the country since 1947, Jaua said.
The majority of the industries and businesses have reduced their consumption, although not by the necessary percentage, Jaua said, adding that the government is studying the idea of “giving credits” to those sectors to allow them to buy their own electricity generating plants.
Despite the seriousness of the situation, the country will not collapse as a result of shortage of electricity although if it does not rain the power blackouts may be intensified, Jaua said.
Jaua discussed the matter during a ceremony Saturday in Caracas to acknowledge small industries and business who managed to reduce their electricity consumption by at least 20 percent.
The drought has caused the water level at the Guri Dam, which supplies more than 70 percent of Venezuela’s electricity, to fall drastically.
The ideal solution would be for the rains to begin in May, as historically has been the case, so that the rate of fall of some 14 centimeters per day in the water level at the Guri dam can be halted, officials said.
The rainy season in Venezuela should begin in May, unless the effects of the “El Niño” weather phenomenon persist, whereby the drought would be prolonged.