Venezuela adopts power-saving strategy to avoid rationing

Nov 12, 2001 01:00 AM

Venezuela is doing "everything possible" to prevent rationing of electricity next year in light of forecasts of drought that could further reduce water levels in the nation's already low reservoirs. Francisco Rangel, president of state-owned power company Venezuelan Corporation of Guayana (CVG), said the administration will launch a media campaign in favour of "reducing use of electric power in homes, businesses, offices and especially in large industries."
Rangel said the administration is also preparing a series of orders "so that the government can set the example of rational electricity power use." CVG subsidiary Edelca, which operates the country's large hydroelectric generating plants, said it had adopted power-saving strategies as part of the national campaign.

Edelca has ordered its all lights turned off at night in its offices and installations nationwide, including in El Guri power plant. The water level at El Guri has dropped to unprecedented levels, and it is feared volume could decline further now that the drought season, expected to last until May, has begun, Miguel Lara, an Energy Ministry official told.
"A drop of say 10 meters (some 33 feet) in the water level could lead to the collapse of the system," Lara warned. In October, Edelca guaranteed service to its domestic clients -- which include 90 % of Venezuelan homes and industries, according to official figures -- as well as to the city of Boa Vista in southern Brazil through a contract with Brazilian power firm Electronorte.

Source: EFE
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