The Imperial Irrigation District is the third largest public-power provider in the state of California, serving more than 150,000 customers in Imperial County along with parts of San Diego and Riverside Counties. IID began generating electricity in 1936, using small hydropower units it installed along the 82-mile All-American canal, which runs along the US/Mexico border conveying annually more than 3 million acre-feet of Colorado River water to municipalities and irrigation users in the desert southwest. Today, IID controls more than 1,100 megawatts of energy derived from a diverse resource portfolio that includes its own generation and long- and short-term power purchases. Its service territory spans over 6,400 square miles with more than 1,400 miles of IID-owned, controlled and maintained high voltage lines.
IID targets regulatory compliance. To meet California Public Utilities Commission reporting requirements, IID historically used paper to record failed inspections for electrical underground and overhead equipment. This approach was troublesome for inspectors, made reporting difficult, and overlooked passed inspections and important life-cycle data. To improve its overall compliance procedure, IID moved from paper to a mobile information management system.
IID streamlines regulatory compliance. Using GPS, GIS and MIMS, inspections that passed are automatically recorded while failed inspections are quickly captured and initiate maintenance cycles scheduled using SAP. All regulatory data is tracked and ready for real-time progress assessment or straightforward CPUC reporting using a web browser. Overall, the rate of inspections increased, the inspection and reporting processes simplified, and useful life-cycle data is now available in the appropriate corporate systems.
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