CalEnergy Operating Co., which has 10 geothermal plants in the Imperial Valley, filed a $45 million lawsuit this morning against Southern California Edison.
Chris Doyle of Fleishman-Hillard, a public relations firm contracted by CalEnergy, said the geothermal company filed the suit in Imperial County Superior Court over payments owed by Edison for November and December.
Eight of CalEnergy's geothermal plants supply power to Edison, one of three investor-owned utilities in the state.
The power crisis in the state has pushed Edison to the brink of bankruptcy. As a result the company has failed to make payments to CalEnergy.
In turn, CalEnergy has been unable to pay the monthly royalties to those who own the land upon which the geothermal plants are located.