IID wins in court against CAISO

The CAISO grid showing the Imperial Irrigation District territory as one of the few not controlled by CAISO.

EL CENTRO – The Imperial Irrigation District (IID) filed an action July 16, 2015 against the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), claiming loss of maximum import capability, which reduction resulted in a significant loss of revenue by renewable energy developers bypassing its system, according to an informational packet distributed at the IID meeting Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Battaglia ruled against CAISO February 3, 2017. While the judge dismissed some of the claims raised by IID, the CAISO’s motion for reconsideration of a previous ruling was rejected.

CAISO then filed a motion for judgement on the pleadings seeking dismissal of the remaining claims of the complaint. IID also sought to amend its complaint to add a cause of action for trespass. The court granted a 60-day stay of the litigation at the request of the parties. The stay expired on Friday, September 22. Immediately after the expiration of the stay, Judge Battaglia issued a ruling favorable to the district.

The judge rejected CAISO’s motion while granting IID’s motion to amend its complaint by adding a claim of trespass to property and ordering that the second amended complaint be filed seven days following his ruling. IID filed that document September 29.