The National Assembly condemns and rejects the situation of fragility of the national electrical system, destroyed by corruption and lack of maintenance, which has collapsed in recent days in the midst of the quarantine by the COVID-19 pandemic and warns that we are on the verge of another general mega blackout like the one that occurred in 2019
This is what emerges from the debate on the electrical disaster, held in the ordinary session of Tuesday, May 12th, via digital media, the deputy to the National Assembly, for the state of Zulia, Enrique Márquez, during his speech, pointed out that the country’s energy system is very fragile and cannot supply energy to the population, even though electricity consumption, at this time is minimal because of the COVID-19 quarantine. Industry, commerce, banking, and schools, among other sectors of the country, are not fully operational.
“Today the generating system is simply destroyed, because it does not have the energy to even maintain the minimum activity that Venezuela has today, which is in quarantine,” stressed Congressman Márquez.
He said that how can a country move towards progress and well-being with an electricity system that does not work and with a regime that does not care about solving the problems either, that has had every opportunity to change the model and yet continues and insists on applying policies that have failed.
“A politically unviable statist, centralist model, a scheme of administration of Corpoelec and the electricity sector that kills what it touches. Hydroelectric generation is not enough, it has been in decline since the giant blackouts of 2019. Thermoelectric generation is mostly out of operation. That is to say, we have a country without energy, with serious failures in the transmission and distribution of electrical energy,” said the Zulia deputy.
Avilio Troconiz, vice-president of the Administration and Services Commission of the National Assembly, said that the country is experiencing the same tragedy as in 2019, with severe blackouts, prolonged rationing and constant fluctuations, despite the quarantine situation the country faces due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He assured that this is the result of the theft of resources to invest in new works and to re-establish the national electricity system during these 20 years of this regime and corruption at all levels.
“Several states in the country are facing electrical rationing for a minimum of 6 hours. There is the case of the states of Trujillo, Táchira, Mérida and Zulia, which spend half the day without electricity. The worst thing is that the official spokespersons of these states always have an excuse. In the case of Táchira State, the irresponsible Freddy Bernal said that because of the summer, they have not been able to produce the megawatts they were expecting and in the case of the thermoelectric plants, because of the sanctions imposed, they do not allow them to have fuel”.
During his speech, the representative for the state of Merida, Lawrence Castro, referred to the situation in the state of Merida which suffers from 7 to 12 hours of power cuts daily, which has caused the population to demonstrate despite the quarantine.
He repudiated the lack of electricity and the subjugation to which the country is subjected due to the lack of electricity and other public services such as water and gas. It rejected and demanded justice for the death of young Rafael Hernández who was killed during a demonstration due to the lack of power in the area where he lived, the Los Campitos sector .
“The last thing that happened was the murder of the young 21-year-old engineering student Rafael Hernández who was killed for going out while exercising his constitutional right to demonstrate for the lack of permanent light in the state of Mérida, by some antisocial radicals who shot at the demonstrators, for which we demand justice,” reiterated Congressman Merida.
Omar González, representative for the state of Anzoátegui, echoed the Committee of People Affected by Power Outages in Venezuela, a non-governmental organization that has calculated that so far in 2020 there have been more than 40,000 power failures throughout the country and last year more than 100,000 failures, due to lack of maintenance and investment.
He said that the collapsed hydroelectric generation of Guri and the shutdown of thermoelectric plants such as Planta Centro, which stopped producing in 2018 more than 2,600 megawatts, which were to complement the national electricity system. This, coupled with corruption and theft of investment resources, allowed the destruction and collapse of the national electricity system.
In his view, we are close to facing another national blackout because 15 states were quarantined last week and suffered intermittent power outages. “This is the preamble of what could be a mega blackout in Venezuela as in 2019, so the parliament must alert the authorities led by President Juan Guaidó and the international community, of the deficiencies and the serious situation we are experiencing”.
Finally, William Dávila, representative of the state of Mérida, intervened, saying that the Maduro regime had “turned off” the country, had invested 90 billion dollars and had barely generated 2,000 megabytes.
“This is the great reality, the great business of these revolutionaries, and the people are the ones who are suffering. The transmission lines are exploding. In the case of El Vigia, for example, they spent close to 2 billion dollars in the Don Luis Zambrano thermoelectric plant, and when they went to turn the plant on, the turbines burned out. The Uribante Caparo dam is not working, Venezuela used to sell electricity to Colombia. All sectors are affected by this situation: educational and technological tourism, communications, agri-food and trade, among others”, said Davila.
He added that in this context and the chaos that the Mérida population and the country in general is experiencing, people are going out to protest and the regime is violating human rights, such as the case of young Rafael Hernández, who was killed for demonstrating because of the lack of electricity.
“We cannot accept that they continue to kill young people and that is why we have asked the Committee on Domestic Policy for an exhaustive investigation, to identify the culprits so that they receive the full weight of the law, because they are murderers, terrorists protected by the regime, who were shooting at a peaceful demonstration of some citizens exercising their right to protest,” concluded the deputy from Merida.