Apparently in South America, they welcomed 2010 with power problems. You cannot rely upon “green technologies” to fully meet your needs all the time and – in times of shortage – the government will ration the limited resource.
Oil-rich Venezuela ushered in 2010 with new measures rationing electricity use in malls, businesses and billboards, as Hugo Chavez’s government aimed to save power amid a crippling drought.
The new regulations came into effect January 1, with businesses required to comply with reduced consumption limits and authorities warning of forced power cuts and rate hikes if the measures are not followed.
A decree published on Christmas Eve states that commercial centers may operate from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm on the electricity grid, but beyond that establishments would have to operate off-grid, using their own generators.
Venezuela is flush with oil — the country’s primary export — and natural gas, but relies mainly on hydroelectric generation to meet domestic energy demand.
With the country in a widespread drought, late last year Chavez announced a sweeping campaign to reduce widespread energy “waste,” stressing that rationing was necessary to avoid a systemic “collapse.”
The system in Venezuela is thousands of megawatts short of national demands, demand that will take billions of dollars of investment to build up.
But, hey, maybe those new power-plants will lead to a few new “green jobs.”