The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors will vote today on a project that, if approved, would increase the Path 42 line’s rating from 600 megawatts to 800 megawatts, as required by the Western Electricity Coordinating Council. A power-flow analysis with Southern California Edison, which interconnects to Path 42, has been performed. The $53.8 million project, once completed, will minimize the likelihood of power outages should the KN/KS line between the Coachella Valley Substation and Mirage/Devers Substations be lost. It will also increase the district’s ability to wheel power out of its transmission system.
The Board of Directors will be asked, again, to approve a resolution that would appoint Richard Currier of the law firm Currier and Hudson to be its negotiator with the district’s Professional Salaried Association, the union that represents the IID’s salaried personnel. The resolution was rewritten in a way that addresses concerns brought up at the Nov. 6 meeting, that the resolution, as written, gives the negotiator too much power. The item has been rewritten in a way that the negotiator will operate within the board’s parameters.
The board’s agenda also includes consent items of projects involving the concrete lining of the Fig Canal, the Marigold Lateral and Moorhead Lateral No. 4. It will also hear water transfer financial projections for the years 2012 to 2047 with comparisons to environmental attorney Charles DuMars’ projections. DuMars wrote a proposal for a Plan B to the Quantification Settlement Agreement, the controversial set of contracts that mandate the transfer of water from the Imperial Valley to coastal urban areas.
If you go
What — Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors meeting
When — 5 p.m. today
Where — W.R. Condit Auditorium, 1285 Broadway Ave., El Centro
Staff Writer Antoine Abou-Diwan can be reached at 760-337-3454 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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