IID Acts to Stabilize Customers’ Summer Electric Bills

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The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors has taken action to provide relief for ratepayers while ensuring full system reliability and uninterrupted service to customers despite limited energy availability across Western states.

In late August, the board levelized the Energy Cost Adjustment factor. The ECA is calculated monthly to reflect cost fluctuations in purchased power and fuel costs, which have increased due to tight supplies and changing energy and natural gas markets.

Had the board not taken action, the ECA would have doubled on its own to recover summer spiking purchased power and fuel costs. The ECA will be brought before the board each month. The district’s low, flat base electric rate has remained unchanged since 2015.

“IID knows how important that reliable power is to our customers, especially during extreme heat locally, and we have been working diligently to make sure the district consistently meets customer energy demands while carefully managing our resources,” said IID General Manager Henry Martinez.

During the first five months of 2021, the district acquired additional resources (including three stand-by generators installed at IID substations) to ensure full summer energy reliability and avoid service interruptions to its customer base in order to adapt to rapidly changing energy market and supply conditions.

As a not-for-profit public utility, IID protects its customer base by working to keep its energy rates among the lowest in California and has been able to protect customers from planned power outages and rolling blackouts, which in recent years have become common occurrence across other areas in the state.

For assistance with your IID electric bill, please visit: www.iid.com/customer-service/ payment-assistance

Or contact IID’s Customer Service Center toll free at 1-800-303-7756 or 1-760-335-3640.

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