Venezuela broken record, electricity edition

I know you guys love this stuff, so I’ll post it even though it’s pretty much fish in a barrel.

El Universal today:

Electricity system will have an additionsl 4,000 megawatts in 2012

Caracas.- The departing minister of Popular Power for Electrical Energy, Alí Rodríguez Araque, indicated that during 2012, 4,000 megawatts will be added to the national electrical system, which will be generated with new and rehabilitated equipment.

Which reminds me, for some reason, of this article, from May 24, 2011:

[Rodriguez Araque] reiterated that it’s hoped that by the end of 2011, 4,000 megawatts will be found installed across the country, which will permit the stabilization of the electrical system.

Or this, from February 10, 2010:

Both President Hugo Chavez himself and Electrical Energy Minister Alí Rodríguez have indicated that the goal is to incorporate at least 4,000 megawatts into the system this year.

Back in 2010, some dude wrote:

Venezuela will miss President Hugo Chavez goal of building and restoring 4,000 to 6,000 megawatts of generating capacity this year. Electricity Minister Ali Rodriguez, interviewed by Bloomberg, said new fossil-fueled plants this year would add 1,500 megawatts to the system. Even this seems like quite an exaggeration…. Meanwhile population growth continues apace, and electricity consumption, currently held down by low output at the basic industries and relatively rainy weather (rather than blazing heat waves), will eventually come back. Bummer dude.

That last part is still true. Venezuela’s energy outlook was helped dramatically by the disastrous two-year La Niña that is now predicted to fade. The heavy rains filled reservoirs and cut air-conditioning demand; Venezuela temperatures should remain below normal for the first few months of this year. But that’s not a permanent change.

Meanwhile, they can build a new natural-gas-fired power plant, but if it has no gas pipeline to provide it with fuel, it’s not quite fair to say that its megawatts are integrated to the grid. Electricity may not be in crisis this year like it was in 2009-10, but I doubt what Rodriguez Araque is saying.

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2 thoughts on “Venezuela broken record, electricity edition

  1. Mike

    Somewhat OT
    Looking at the chart showing La Niña fading and possibly higher Atlantic Ocean temperatures as a result, would you expect Hurricane activity (which has been all but non-existing for the last few years) to increase again?
    Thank you.

    1. sapitosetty Post author

      I appreciate your confidence in my meteorology, but that is some seriously misplaced faith. You’re better off keeping an eye on the forecasts from the National Hurricane Center and other people who are paid to examine such things. Other than that, my guess is certainly no better than yours. Which isn’t bad — your idea sounds perfectly plausible. But truly, I have no idea.

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