Power shortages threaten to reach critical level

Bloomberg says that the lights could quite literally go out in Caracas if the Guri Dam, which supplies roughly half the country’s energy, fails to function properly. A Venezuelan official tells Reuters that water levels at the dam are reaching a critical level. Electricity Minister Luis Motta Dominguez, is quoted by NPR suggesting a plot behind the situation, saying “We have to understand, this is war.” A feature in Foreign Policy outlines the energy crisis in Venezuela and says it will be catastrophic if the Guri Dam fails to operate. The article squarely blames government policy for the crisis. 

Meanwhile, Venezuela’s Deputy Electricity Minister Freddy Brito says that the extended 5-day Easter holiday, ordered by Maduro in order to save power “didn't have the impact that we expected” in driving down power consumption. One journalist in Caracas reports water access for 20 minutes, 3 times daily at unpredictable hours.