IID System Operation Center oversees flow of power to about 150,000 customers

Jeffrey McDonald, an IID system operations shift supervisor who has worked for IID for over 19 years, is seen here last week in the System Operation Center, which is staffed by a team of about three operators and one electrical engineer around the clock, year round. The SOC is responsible for delivering power to the about 150,000 customers served by IID. PHOTO CHRIS McDANIEL

EL CENTRO — With about 150,000 customers in a service area spanning about 6,000 square miles, the operators in the Imperial Irrigation District’s System Operation Center have the constant task of ensuring electricity is available to power air-conditioners, refrigerators and hospital medical equipment.

The SOC — housed at an undisclosed location near El Centro due to security concerns in a post-9/11 world — is staffed by a team of about three operators and one electrical engineer around the clock, year round.

Staff Writer Chris McDaniel can be reached at cmcdaniel@ivpressonline.com or 760-337-3440.

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