The loss of the Bogotá utility and the creation of the CVC sharply reduced the central state's sphere of activity. Colombia already was lagging in meeting electricity needs, and just how costly was the lack of a centralized power authority became apparent in the long and time-consuming struggle over the steam plants at Paipa and Zipaquirá. Electraguas had still not recovered from this effort when another event, The nationalization of the American and Foreign Power Company utilities, permanently crippled the central state's ability to effectively electrify the country.