When everyone lies, it doesn’t help.
Here’s La Verdad, citing engineer Nelson Hernandez, who says that the statistics on electricity generation and water flows at Guri don’t add up, because water flowing into the reservoir was lower than outflows on a day when the water level officially stayed the same, among other examples. Hernandez should know better — daily changes in stream flow don’t instantly affect the reservoir level, as anyone knows who has ever spilled water. It takes time for water at one end of Guri to reach the measuring post at the dam, kilometers away. Between that and the effect of wind, daily changes of a centimeter here or there should be taken with a grain of salt. What matters is the trend.
That said, his main point appears to be correct: that the electricity system was used to show a success of the government on April 19, the bicentennial, through deception. But if you look, you’ll see that what was the most likely deception is that Edelca, the big industrial utility, made extra power cuts in the week before April 19, perhaps pumping less water up to Caracas and other places that need electrical pumping. Since that date, Edelca demand has increased at least 5%.