Venezuela is desperately hoping for rains to come soon as the country’s Guri Dam reached historic lows of 243 meters. The dam provides more than 60 percent of the nation’s 16,000 megawatt power demand. The government has already taken the unprecedented measure of dredging the canals that feed the dam allowing remaining water to pool together, according to CBCNews. While some suggest that changing rainfall patterns have created this situation, others suggest that the government has not helped the situation which has been ongoing since 2000 when demand for electricity soared way above historical demand levels.
More than 66 percent of electricity is used residents of the country who have one of the highest per capita usage rates in all of Latin America. When the first electricity crisis hit in 2009, the government scrambled spending $1.5 billion installing backup diesel generators that it failed to maintain. The result has been that in order to produce electricity, more water than ever before has been used. Experts like Manuel Gonzalez fear that even if the dam receives adequate rainfall during the rainy season that lasts from April to October it may not be enough.
Some experts strongly argue that the government must spend lots of money to get reliable energy to homes. The problem according to Noticias 24 is that residents are used to spending very little on electricity.