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@steffanwatkins @amlivemon The collapse of the electrical grid has been reported FOR YEARS. Here are 3 newspaper covers talking about nationwide blackouts from 2009, 11 & 13 & an article with the history of the collapse. Read it and get your facts straight
@steffanwatkins @amlivemon The total demand in the country is 25,000 MW. With the collapse of Venezuela’s industry over the past decade, the demand dropped to 14,000 MW. Even with that drop, the current output is less than 12,000 MW. Regular blackouts have been the norm since 2006
@steffanwatkins @amlivemon This blackout was not due to “sabotage” but a result of a forest fire on an area lacking maintenance. This has happened many times in the past, & once back in 2013 the gvmt even blamed an iguana for causing a similar failure (& a blakcout of +20 hours) caraotadigital.net/nacionales/de-…
@steffanwatkins @amlivemon In Thursday's case, a fire caused some cables to drop, causing a short in the generators of the hydro plant that delivers over 70% of the country’s power. Here is a detailed thread of exactly what caused the first failure
@steffanwatkins @amlivemon Once the main power generation facility went, it inevitably led to the collapse of the system, since the thermo plants have been essentially abandoned by lack of maintenance
@steffanwatkins @amlivemon A second substation also blew up earlier tonight. "Los Farallones" station exploded after being overloaded trying to compensate for other facilities that are unavailable in the grid
@steffanwatkins @amlivemon 2008 VZ engineers declare energy emergency

2010 Government promises investments

2013 VZ Engineers Guild publish study discarding sabotage as cause of failures
Nothing but theft & corruption #SinLuz
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