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IID directors to discuss providing power to Brawley beef plant

January 08, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

The Imperial Irrigation District board Tuesday will discuss several issues, from providing power to a beef plant under construction in Brawley to power issues facing the district.

The public portion of the meeting will start at 1 p.m. in the IID auditorium, 1285 Broadway. The closed session will start at 9 a.m.

On the beef plant, the board agenda states IID has been asked to provide electrical power to the B.P Ventures, the company that is building and will operate the plant.

The action the board is expected to take Tuesday is to approve public release of the study on what has been called the "B.P. Ventures beef-processing facility power-up project."

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In addition, John Steffen, IID power department manager, will discuss with the board the status of IID's power use and concerns caused by the deregulation of the power industry.

Steffen will note IID should take pride in its current "self-sufficient status," and also note its ability to meet needs for its energy customers.

However, the situation could change quickly.

Steffen in his report notes the price of natural gas, which is the fuel source for IID's power plants, is continuing to soar above last year's price.

He adds there is continual pressure to place municipal power agencies such as IID under the control of the Independent Systems Operator, which manages power for the majority of the state.

The report further states IID staffers will do everything possible to protect rate-payers "from the misfortunes which have occurred elsewhere in California, but there can be no guarantees."

Also Tuesday, the board will discuss the quantification settlement between IID, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the Coachella Valley Water Authority.

That agreement, while not finalized, would create "peace" between those water agencies for 75 years, according to negotiators.

The board Tuesday will consider setting public workshops to discuss the settlement, which has been released for public review.

In addition, the board will discuss a proposed efficiency study that would look at both the water and power departments. The board will discuss the study as an information-only item, which means, it can take no action to approve doing the study.

Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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