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Imperial Irrigation District yesterday (July 16) sued the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) on antitrust grounds. The suit was filed in federal court in San Diego.

The suit says that CAISO "is a monopolist. It controls at least 80 percent of the California electric power transmission service market and the California transmission operations service market." But CAISO is abusing that monopoly at Imperial's expense, charges the suit.

According to the suit, CAISO encouraged the Imperial Irrigation District to spend almost $35 million in upgrades to its transmission system for the express purpose of sending renewable energy from Imperial and Riverside counties to the rest of the state. Then, last year, CAISO reneged on the deal, charges the Imperial district.

There are two interties between CAISO's and Imperials's systems that should permit Imperial's clean energy to be used by California's metropolitan areas. But CAISO blocks usage of both of these interties, says Imperial.

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eastlaker July 17, 2015 @ 11:56 a.m.

Sure wish the people in charge of our energy production and usage would really be in it for the good of the people.

Every time I turn around, another energy scam appears.

And there is no entity that could play wack a mole with these excrescences, as they have been bought out, and are corrupt shells of what they are supposed to be.

One would think that exposure would help a bit to drive the teeming vermin away.

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Don Bauder July 17, 2015 @ 7:40 p.m.

eastlaker: Despite all the revelations of clearly illegal activities, CPUC and Edison might skate. Hopefully, of course, they won't. Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi July 17, 2015 @ 3:24 p.m.

The primary stated mission of the CAISO is to "operate the grid reliably and efficiently, provide fair and open transmission access, promote environmental stewardship, and facilitate effective markets and promote infrastructure development."

So they don't live up to their own published mission statement.

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Don Bauder July 17, 2015 @ 7:42 p.m.

Twister: I don't know that new legislation is needed. CAISO has to follow existing rules, according to this suit. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder July 17, 2015 @ 7:40 p.m.

Ponzi: According to this suit, they broke their own ethics rules. Best, Don Bauder

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AlexClarke July 20, 2015 @ 7:16 a.m.

IID an investor owned utility has one rate per Kwh (14 cents). In the Coachella Valley (eastern end, Indio, La Quinta, etc.) IID rates are 40% lower than SCE. For a 1500 s/ft home with AC on 24/7 in the summer the IID bill is $100 - $150 per month the SCE bill is $300 -$600 a month. One is non profit the other is for profit - you guess which one.

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Don Bauder July 20, 2015 @ 12:38 p.m.

AlexClarke: Yes, those rate differences between municipal and investor-owned utilities are startling in California. San Diego Gas & Electric consistently has the highest electricity rates in the nation. Edison and PG&E are close behind.

So here was Peevey at the CPUC, doing everything in his power to run up the stocks of those three investor-owned utilities. I hope the criminals get the punishment they deserve. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder July 20, 2015 @ 4:14 p.m.

jnojr: I believe DWP's rates are lower than those at SDG&E, Edison, and PG&E. Best, Don Bauder

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