Other little electricity notes

Power savings stay on the same trajectory I noted a couple weeks ago. Basic industries (shown below as EDELCA) and Caracas (EDC) are saving energy, everyone else increasing power consumption even faster than the historic trend.

Electricity consumption March 2009-2010

All units gigawatt-hours. Source: Centro Nacional de Gestion monthly report


This month the worst culprit was Maracaibo, with electricity use growing 12% year over year.
Peak load March 2009-March 2010

All units megawatts. Source: Centro Nacional de Gestion

This second table shows the evolution of peak load, year-over-year. Peak demand rose fast in Cadafe’s wide service area as well as in Valencia and Maracaibo. With all the attention going into building new generation, this rising peak demand will lead to blackouts unless a bunch more investment goes into transmission lines. I know that’s in the plans, but since it makes for a less glamorous ribbon-cutting, transmisison is often left for last — not just in Venezuela.

Loma de Niquel, the country’s only nickel mine and smelter, boosted its electricity consumption to 44 gigawatt-hours, its highest consumption since last April. It turns out, though, that I was wrong last time in saying that they hadn’t been affected by rationing. Their increased energy use comes from the restart of a damaged furnace at the mill after maintenance. The return to two furnaces means they are increasing power use, but they are running both at less than full capacity in order to save power.

2 thoughts on “Other little electricity notes

  1. Quico

    Wow do posts like this feed into my anti-Maracucho chauvinism. I mean, way to pull together, guys…

    13%!?!???!?

    Qué bárbaros.

    This just confirms what I’ve said all along. Springfield is WAY better than Shelbyville. End of.

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