While it looked for awhile that the Imperial Valley was pretty well protected from the energy crisis plaguing the rest of the state, more and more we are being brought into and down by the power fiasco.
It seems while we in isolated, poor Imperial County often aren't allowed to share in the bounty of Golden State good times, we always are forced to share the pain in California's bad times.
The fact that the Imperial Irrigation District, which supplies power to Imperial Valley residents, is off the statewide power grid appears to be a good thing for our area. Because it is off the grid and because IID has its own power-generation plants and independent pacts for energy supplies, we have not had to participate in rolling blackouts or drastic energy-conservation measures that have confronted most of the rest of the state in recent weeks.
Yet we are being affected by the energy mess. CalEnergy, which is the major geothermal company in the Imperial Valley and a big employer here, is not getting paid by its main customer, Southern California Edison. Edison is getting pounded in the post-deregulation energy world and is on the verge of bankruptcy.