Energy rich Venezuela is experiencing an electricity crisis. The oil-wealthy South American country has started daily four-hour blackouts across the nation in a bid to save energy. Also, President Nicolas Maduro has slashed the working hours of public employees to two-days a week - Mondays and Tuesdays.
While critics have denounced Maduro's plan as non-effective arguing that employees would stay home and watch television and use air conditioners, thus consuming energy rather than saving it, Venezuela's energy crisis represents a clear failure of proper management of the nation's large energy resources.
A drought throughout the Americas and the Caribbean is wrecking havoc upon some nations in the region and the full effects of this drought have not yet been documented. The drought has dropped the water level behind Venezuela's largest dam to near its minimum operating level, the Associated Press(AP), revealed in a report yesterday.
Therefore, the nation, despite having large oil reserves, still relies very heavily on hydro-electric power for much of its energy, thus the current crisis. Venezuela apparently has not done enough to manage or to diversify its energy to account for the current crisis. Hence, public employees will now work only two days a week representing a further reduction in working hours from a prior Fridays off plan, which obviously did not solve the crisis.