Staying true to its more-than-a-century-old watery origins, Turlock Irrigation District (TID) provides irrigation services to more than 5,800 farmers in its service area (149,500 acres of farmland). Its primary water supply comes from the Tuolumne river. The company also provides electric generation, transmission, and distribution services (the main source of its revenues) to more than 98,000 retail customers in and around Turlock, California, and it sells power and natural gas to wholesale customers. TID provides electric service to its customer base in a 662-sq.-ml. service area encompassing portions of Merced, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne counties, over 2,200 miles of distribution line.

The company's strategy is to balance its water supply and energy supply in a way that allows it to expand and upgrade its supporting infrastructure while maintaining low costs.

In a move to expand and "green" its energy supply, in 2009 TID acquired 136.6 MW of wind power by buying the $385 million Tuolumne Wind Project, located in Klickitat County, Washington. TID had set a goal of getting 20% of its power supply from renewable sources by 2017. The 2009 wind power purchase gave the company 28%, enabling it to exceed its green energy target several years ahead of schedule. That year TID also began to install Smart meters (programmable and interactive electric meters) as a way to help its members conserve energy.

Enabling the company to respond to the need for additional power capacity, in 2010 TID secured state approval to build the 174 MW Almond 2 Power Plant near the city of Ceres in Stanislaus county.

An average rainfall, after years of drought, also allowed TID to supply irrigation water users with their full annual allotment of 48 inches of water in 2010.

That year the company reported a jump in net revenues, thanks largely to increased wholesale power demand and higher power prices, which offset a dip in retail consumption. Higher expenses (led by an increase in purchased power and depreciation and amortization expenses) led to a drop in operating income for the year.

In 1900 Turlock Irrigation District (which was founded in 1887) became the first system to supply irrigation to California growers, paving the way for the production of high-value crops in the semi-arid region of the Northern San Joaquin Valley. It moved into retail electric distribution in 1923.

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333 E Canal Dr
Turlock, CA 95380-3946
Phone: 1 (209) 883-8222
Fax: 1 (209) 656-2144


  • Employer Type: Government Owned
  • Vice President: Alison Bryson
  • Vice President: Ron Macedo
  • Vice President: Kate Schulenberg

Major Office Locations

  • Turlock, CA