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IID files civil litigation

(IID sues CAISO)…The Civil Litigation was filed Thursday in US District Court, Southern District of California.

The Imperial Irrigation District says the action was filed against the California Independent System Operator Corp for its deliberate and systematic marginalization of IID, its ratepayers and all renewable energy generators seeking to develop projects in the district’s service area. They say through its actions over many years, CAISO has exercised its monopoly power to manipulate the import capability values or deliverability, it assigns to IID to stifle competition, create uncertainty in the marketplace and effectively take over IID’s energy balancing authority area. IID General Manager Kevin Kelley says they take no pleasure in turning to the courts to obtain relief from CAISO’s anticompetitive practices toward the district in doling out access, and deliverability, to its transmission grid, but the IID has been left no other recourse.