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IID board to hear efficiency study plan

November 19, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors will be presented a preliminary implementation plan for the district's efficiency study.

The presentation is expected to include the plan's strategy, processes and schedule for implementation of the efficiency study. The $875,118 study identifies yearly savings of $31.6 million, with a one-time investment of about $10 million. Overall, the study says the net present value of the savings is estimated at $217 million.

The board meets in open session at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the William R. Condit Auditorium, 1285 Broadway, El Centro.

In other business, the board will discuss the possibility of purchasing insurance to cover the unexpected purchase of power on the open market when a district source fails. The district paid $3.5 million for such power when one of its generators had bearing problems for six weeks this summer.

The board also will consider:

· approving a plan to line the All-American Canal for $126 million, to be reimbursed by the state.


· approval of a $15 million contract for electrical utility construction.

· approval of a $3.5 million contract for tree-trimming and substation landscape maintenance.

· a request for $711,219 from Baton Rouge, La.-based Arkel Sugar Inc. for the development of an ethanol distillery and power plant to be built locally. The project would use 40,000 acres of sugar cane and 40,000 of sweet sorghum.

· approval of a $346,806 high-voltage transformer testing facility.

· approval of $46,200 in dues to the California Farm Water Coalition.

· approval of an alternative risk financing method to ensure a portion of the district's power utility.

>> Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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