Attorney General Sues to Remove Stakeholder Members of ISO Board

Seeks To Allow Replacement By Consumer-Oriented Members

Tuesday, January 23, 2001
Contact: (415) 703-5837, agpressoffice@doj.ca.gov

(SACRAMENTO) - Attorney General Bill Lockyer today filed suit to have the 26 stakeholder members of the California Independent System Operator Corporation vacate their office, seeking to pave the way for a newly reconstituted board representing the interests of consumers.

The "quo warranto" action was filed in Sacramento County Superior Court. The lawsuit asks the court to have the 26 sitting ISO members ousted from their positions. The Attorney General has offered current members an opportunity to resign and avoid further litigation.

The legal move seeks to speed implementation of the new law, AB 5X, which reconstitutes the ISO into a board of five members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Electricity Oversight Board.

Governor Davis has appointed the five new members of the ISO governing board pursuant to the new law.

The ISO board is responsible for operating, controlling and managing the power transmission lines that deliver electricity throughout California and between neighboring states.

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