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Our Opinion: Hope for a united future

March 06, 2002

Southern California Edison has paid $105 million in back payments to local geothermal company CalEnergy as Edison's financial status is on the mend.

We are hopeful the payment ushers in a new period of cooperation between Edison and CalEnergy and all other renewable energy providers so as the summer grows near the state can continue to recover from its energy crisis.

During the legal battle between CalEnergy and SCE, we supported CalEnergy in its efforts to receive the back payments it was owed by the utility. We continue to stand by CalEnergy, which is an important cog in our area's economy. Much was at stake in regard to the payment and the $105 million owed to CalEnergy was no small amount.

CalEnergy officials now say they can focus on helping meet the state's energy needs, creating price stabilization and diversifying the energy resources available to the state. We would hate to see any more legal battles get in the way of that.

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We are hopeful the agreement between the renewable energy providers and Edison is a sign the state's energy problems will not reach the crisis point we have seen in recent years. For the time being, the payment by Edison to CalEnergy and other renewable energy providers is an important step for the future of the state's power needs.

We here in the Imperial Valley have been relatively immune from the power problems much of the state has faced, largely because of our remote location and the efforts of the Imperial Irrigation District. But if power concerns continue, we may not retain our immunity.

So we should pay attention to the rest of the state's power issues. We may be remote, but we are a part of California and the state could still look toward our little valley to help solve future energy struggles.

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