2020 Budget Plan [PDF]
The 2020 budget plan was approved by the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors on December 3, 2019. Included in this document are the approved 2020 budgets for all district operating departments, the capital improvement plan, staffing and debt-service obligations.
Reflected in the Energy Department budget are total revenue and funding estimated at $563 million, a decrease of 3 percent from the 2019 adjusted budget, due primarily to a reduction in energy sales revenue. Total expenditures are planned at $558 million, which is 3 percent lower than the previous year’s budget, and attributable to a decrease in fuel and purchased power and operations and maintenance.
In the Water Department, total revenue and funding are estimated at $291 million in 2020, which is 4 percent higher than the 2019 adjusted budget due to additional revenues associated with a 37,500 AF ramp-up in the volume of water transferred to SDCWA and CVWD. Total spending is planned at $263 million, which is 4 percent lower than the previous year’s budget, due primarily to a reduction in system conservation capital.
FinancingsThe approved budget plan includes the financing of major operational and support services capital projects and vehicle purchases.
Prospects for the Future
The 2020 budget plan demonstrates a long-term strategic objective of the district to control spending and exercise fiscal discipline throughout the organization. There are, however, a number of uncertainties facing lID in the next several years:
- Protection of water rights.
- The state’s response to the 2017 State Water Resources Control Board stipulated order that set annual Salton Sea restoration acreage milestones and performance standards for California to address playa exposure and more specifically declining air quality and habitat to support a smaller but sustainable Salton Sea.
- Safe Drinking Water Act and Total Maximum Daily Load program compliance.
- Litigation associated with lID’s implementation of water management policies.
- Renegotiation of the 2007 Colorado River Interim Guidelines for Lower Basin Shortages and Coordinated Operations for Lake Powell and Lake Mead, which expires in 2025, to address future reservoir operations.
- Emerging and changing state and federal mandates impacting renewable portfolio standards and emission reduction targets, including solar rooftop requirements.
- Significant high-voltage electric transmission developments to augment the export of locally produced renewable resources from the Imperial Valley to urban load centers in California and throughout the West.
- FERC-approved NERC and WECC regulatory and reliability compliance requirements.
- Regulatory compliance requirements for the Energy and Water departments.