Clunk

Planta Centro, the biggest fossil-fueled power plant in South America, didn’t produce any electricity on Tuesday, according to a daily report (Link only good for 3 months) from the grid administrator. The cause was something called a “hot point,” according to El Universal (hat tip to the excellent Venezuela energy newsletter Petrofinanzas).

Plants come up, plants go down, and this plant was never able to fulfill anything like its nameplate capacity, so it’s not the worst thing in the world if it’s out of commission for a spell. But it’s depressing to note that on the bicentennial, April 19, the government touted so loudly that Planta Centro had been fixed. There were fireworks.

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