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Colombia oil stats get less transparent

Colombia’s Agencia Nacional de Hidrocarburos, the agency that regulates the oil and gas industry, has a long tradition of publishing useful statistics about oil and gas output, oil wells drilled, the extent of seismic exploration — lots of info. Here’s a sample. But lately, the data hasn’t been coming out like clockwork every month. The June numbers failed to show up on schedule so at the end of the month I called the agency. They said they didn’t publish such things. I tweeted about it and all was set straight.

July got posted at some point. August output numbers appeared in early September and the full August report appeared on the ANH website Oct. 4. That same day, the mining ministry put out September output numbers, but the ANH never updated its spreadsheets. Last week, the oil ministry released October output figures — a big gain for once. But on the ANH website, there’s still no sign of even September figures — either preliminary output numbers or the full report. I mentioned it to the ANH on Twitter and they said to get the data from the mining ministry. It makes me wonder why they have stopped publishing. It’s annoying. Continue reading

Venezuela electricity conservation fails

Venezuela was going to cut 20 percent of its electricity consumption in a vast consciousness-raising exercise. Instead, electricity consumption is flat year-over-year as small consumers swamp the huge savings imposed on heavy industry.

The breakdown, utility by utility:

Peak demand, jan and feb y-o-y

Source: Centro Nacional de Gestion monthly reports

electricity consumption jan and feb y-o-y

Source: Centro Nacional de Gestión monthly reports

To explain:
Cadafe is the country’s biggest utility, handling 3 million customers, most of them unmetered small businesses and homes in low-income neighborhoods. Their consumption and peak demand rose year-over-year.

Edelca is the utility that handles the biggest users, such as steel mills, aluminum smelters, and municipal water districts. Their consumption and peak demand are down enough to balance out the increased consumption among most other utilities.

EDC is Caracas’s utility. There was a bit of savings there in January. Flat consumption in February. March, which hasn’t been released yet, will very likely show increased consumption year-over-year, as a heat wave caused demand to rise. (Air conditioning is probably the biggest single energy user in Caracas.)

Enelven is the utility for Maracaibo, the second-largest city. They actually have a relatively smart version of rationing there, in which neighborhoods are excepted from rolling blackouts for the week if in the prior week they saved at least 10% of their power. Sadly, some smarts haven’t been enough to save electricity, as electricity use surged year-over-year.

Enelval, which covers the industrial city of Valencia, predictably boosted energy use. Factories subjected to unpredictable blackouts are working longer hours to make up for the interruptions, and homes have their air conditioning and refrigerators turned up so when the lights go out, they can stay fresh for a while.

Short version: the heavy industry cuts saved our butts this year. We’ll see if power-plant construction can do the same next year.

(March numbers should be coming soon; I’ll update at that point.)