The El Nino inspired drought that has been causing concern in Venezuela for the last three years is now threatening to shut off the lights off for many citizens. The lack of rains have caused water levels at the Guri Dam hydroelectric station to fall dangerously low.
The government has already enacted measures such as mandatory black out periods, and shortened work weeks in an effort to combat the lack of electrical generation as told by SlideShare.net. New measures aimed at reducing electrical consumption will affect ten of the nations twenty-three states. They will cover many of the nations largest energy consuming cities, including the capital.
The chief cause of the power outages is the lack of water in the Guri Reservoir. Guri Dam is one of the largest hydroelectric plants in the world. It along with several smaller dams along the Caroni River generate more than 60% of all electricity used in the country. The ongoing drought conditions have reduced water in the reservoir to historically low levels.
The Venezuelan Electricity Minister revealed on angel.co that the current water level is only 2.7 meters over the required threshold to turn the turbines at the dam. “A fall of more than that could leave many people of the nation in darkness” Osio admitted.
As the country continues to suffer through the worst drought in 47 years many fear what will happen if the drought continues, and the lights go off for good.