I-guana blame the right wing for this

A super-massive blackout is currently hitting large chunks of Venezuela. Surprised? Probably not. But Nicolás Maduro sure is surprised. The President has gone to Twitter to call the event “strange” and “abrupt.” Rest assured, folks – he and our Armed Forces are taking care of the problem. Let’s just hope our obese generals let go…

Jesse Chacón’s report card

Shortly after taking office as the new Electricity Minister, Jesse Chacón made a big pledge: he would resign from his post if his 100-day plan did not achieve its proposed goals. The 100 days have now ended (if weekends and holidays are included in the count) and it’s time to review if Chacón has delivered…

The Maduro corruption tax = 60%

An excellent article from El Nacional on the high cost of building power plants in Venezuela. Because the government has basically sworn off procurement auctions, and instead resorts to buying stuff “from the rack,” corruption is rife. The money quote: “The general norm, says [industry expert] Aguilar, is for combined cycle plants to cost somehwere…

Not the brightest bulb

Electricity Minister Jesse Chacón said today that the government would raise electricity rates so that people who use too much electricity begin to pay more. This is a terrible idea. On the surface, Chacón’s idea would seem to make sense. The electricity sector is bankrupt, and part of the reason for this is that rates are…

Double dose of crazy

As many of you, I watched Nicolás Maduro’s speech last night in awe. Not only was it a rambling, incoherent mess; it also made clear what everyone seems to be catching on to – that Maduro is insane. For me, the most galling part was when he blamed the opposition for causing the electricity crisis.…

The electrical war, cont. (Updated)

Since the official annoucement of the “electrical war” last Thursday by Acting-(Like-a)-President Nicolás Maduro, things didn’t improve this weekend – to the point that some parts of Acarigua were in the dark last Sunday night when Mr. Maduro was in town. On Saturday, another major grid failure left several Southwestern states without electricity for a…

The electrical war

In a campaign rally in Cojedes today, Acting-(Like-a)-President Nicolás Maduro announced the creation of a brand new mission for the electricity sector, focus to fight what he calls an upcoming “electrical war”. To show strong leadership, he ordered a nationwide military deployment to all electrical stations and sub-stations to respond against an alleged opposition plan to “leave…

The cost of Cuban “expertise”

As the ongoing electric crisis continues, this blog reported last September how Cuba was helping the national electric company CORPOELEC handle the numerous problems of our power grid system. Today, an article in the Valencia newspaper Notitarde gives us an estimate of how that assistance is worth by the day: 3.1 Million US$. Expenses include…

Are blackouts coming to Caracas?

For years, the Venezuelan capital was kept at bay of electrical blackouts by orders of the comandante presidente himself. In recent months, failures in the service have increased in Caracas and last Sunday, several parts of the city were left in the dark for six hours. Many locals are not happy. In the first fifteen…