Benefits of Public Power

Organized in 1887, Turlock Irrigation District today is one of more than 2,000 public power systems in the nation. These public power systems make up about 15 percent of electricity providers nationwide.

TID entered the public power arena in 1923 by a vote of the people. With this landmark vote, it was determined that power generated at Old Don Pedro Reservoir was best used to serve the people of the region with affordable and reliable electricity.

TID's plan for supplying power is as simple today as it was in 1923:

  • To distribute electricity to its customers on a not-for-profit basis.
  • Service is customer-focused and reliable.
  • Rates are based on the costs of providing services. Additional revenues are reinvested to benefit TID customers by way of infrastructure and service improvements.
  • Customers are TID’s most important stakeholders because they are the owners. By way of TID's five-member, locally elected Board of Directors, customers have an important voice in decision making.

There are many more benefits of public power, especially in the areas of transparency, oversight, rate setting and reliability, as illustrated by this Benefits of Public Power Flyer.

If you want more information about TID's humble beginnings and the decision to serve irrigation water and power the region, check out our web page devoted to the documentary film, The Irrigationist: The Story of the Turlock Irrigation District.