History

1887
TID is organized on June 6 as the first irrigation district in California.

1893
TID and MID build La Grange Dam to divert water into their canal systems.

1900
Henry Stirring is the first farmer to receive irrigation water from TID canals in Ceres.

1923

  • The Original Don Pedro Dam and Powerhouse is constructed, capable of generating up to 15 megawatts and storing 289,000 acre-feet of water.
  • TID enters into the electric industry.

1924
TID builds a small power plant at the bottom of La Grange Dam.

1971
The New Don Pedro Dam and Powerhouse is constructed with a water storage capacity of 2,030,000 acre-feet. With the addition of a fourth generating unit decades later, the facility eventually possesses a total generating capacity of 203 megawatts.

1979
TID begins constructing the first of eight small scale hydroelectric power plants on its canal system as well as surrounding irrigation districts' canals.

1984
TID acquires interest in a geothermal power plant in the Geysers Steam Field located in Lake County, California.

1986
Walnut Power Plant, a natural gas-fired plant, begins operation with a generating capacity of 49.9 megawatts.

1995
Almond Power Plant, a natural gas-fired plant, begins operation with a generating capacity of 48 megawatts.

2003
TID purchases 225 square-mile electric service territory from PG&E and designates it the Westside Service Area.

2005
TID obtains certification as an independent control area.

2006
Walnut Energy Center, a natural gas-fired plant, begins operation with a generating capacity of 250 megawatts.

2007
The construction of both the Westley 230/115 kV substation and the double circuit 115kV transmission line is completed.

2009

  • TID purchases the Tuolumne Wind Project, a wind generation facility capable of producing 136.6 megawatts.
  • TID begins installing SMART Meters in its service area.

  • 2012

    • TID celebrates its 125th Anniversary on June 6.
    • Almond 2 Power Plant (A2PP), natural gas-fired power plant capable of producing 174 megawatts of electricity, begins operation. Because A2PP features rapid start turbine technology, it can generate electricity to TID’s electrical system in only 10 minutes.

    For a detailed history on the Turlock Irrigation District, read Land, Water and Power, A History of the Turlock Irrigation District, 1887-1987, by Alan M. Paterson. The book is available at most Stanislaus County libraries.