EL CENTRO-Â On February 1, interim deputy energy manager Carl D. Stills will become interim energy manager of Imperial Irrigation District’s Energy Department.
Since July of last year, the Energy Department has been jointly managed by Mr. Stills and Mario Escalera. Both men are longtime IID employees who care a great deal about the future of the district and each has performed admirably in his respective role.
Mr. Escalera will assume his former responsibilities as manager of operations and energy infrastructure.
Carl Stills said, “The energy department faces extraordinary external pressures to remain competitive and service the changing needs of the region. Much of the energy infrastructure was built in the 1950s and is in need of capital improvements to sustain reliability. With the high cost of the renewable energy requirement for 33% of IID’s production being green by 2020 coupled with the high amount of unemployment in our region, our challenge will be to keep the lid on our rates and still provide the service that is warranted by our customers. To accomplish this, the energy department must be at its very best, and I am sure our employees are up to this task. In the past, The energy department’s main goal was to provide reliable, cost-effective energy to our customers and we did that while keeping our rates at or near the lowest in California. Today, we must add the goal for supporting renewable and economic development attempting to create jobs and wealth for our communities. My job will be to work with our general manager and our Board of Directors to provide a plan to accomplish this and then to lead the energy department’s implementation of the direction given. In doing so, I want to return the energy department to the customer oriented company that has served this community well for the last hundred plus years.”