The Eastside Power Authority (em composed of four California irrigation districts, one municipal utility, and two water districts (em plans to leave Southern California Edison's (SCE's) electric distribution system and serve its own members' water-pumping load. Eastside says it will build its own electric distribution system adjacent to SCE's, and interconnect with the system owned by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Citing its independent authority under the state water code to serve retail customers, Eastside claims that it does not owe SCE the exit fee imposed on all departing customers by the California Public Utilities Commission's restructuring decisions and its interim ruling on competitive transition charges.
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