The energy crisis plaguing the rest of the state is starting to touch our lives in the Imperial Valley. First, IID has taken steps to increase power bills because the cost of producing energy is on the rise. Second, IID officials are concerned the state is going to look to public utilities such as IID to help solve the power crunch.
Now the state has tapped into funds set aside for the lining of the All-American Canal. That money is being used to buy more energy. All that money, more than $200 million, that would have gone to canal-lining projects is gone. That is the bad news. The good news is state leaders have told IID officials the funding will be replenished. The question is, can we believe those folks?
We agree with IID Executive Officer Brad Luckey in his analysis. In light of the power crisis, the All-American project takes a back seat. When the canal will move up in order of importance is difficult to say.