The Imperial Irrigation District could soon find itself in yet another fight, this time over power.
Statements by Gov. Gray Davis recently have led us to think he may soon look to the public utilities to help solve the state's energy crisis. In his "State of the State" speech he called the deregulation of the power industry a failure.
He also said he is considering pushing for a joint powers authority that would include the public utilities. That is dangerous for the Imperial Valley.
The Valley is isolated from the rest of the state and while that can be negative on many issues, it is positive when it comes to power. As a public utility, IID provides energy to the Imperial Valley and portions of the Coachella Valley. It has the power to control rates and assure its customers have necessary power.