Local geothermal company CalEnergy and Southern California Edison will meet in Imperial County Superior Court in El Centro on Dec. 17 as CalEnergy asks the court to expedite its case against Edison.
CalEnergy has filed a $100 million lawsuit against Edison claiming the utility is in breach of the contract between the companies. CalEnergy will argue that its case should move through the courts faster than such a case normally would.
The new legal battle between the companies rings similar to a dispute in November 2000 when CalEnergy filed its first lawsuit against Edison.
That lawsuit was filed after Edison failed to pay for energy received from CalEnergy over a number of months.
CalEnergy asked the court to expedite that case, with officials stating CalEnergy could not continue to operate unless Edison paid for the power or the geothermal company was allowed to sell power on the open market.