NID is a leader among Northern California water agencies in the production of clean, hydroelectric energy. Revenues from hydroelectricity are very important in the maintenance and operation of NID’s extensive water distribution system.
The district has seven power plants that generate enough electricity to supply the equivalent of more than 60,000 homes.
NID has a generation capacity of 82.2 megawatts, produces an average 375 million kilowatt hours of energy each year, and sells its electrical output to the Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
The district began producing power in 1966 with the completion of the $65 million Yuba-Bear Power Project. The project included the Chicago Park and Dutch Flat powerhouses. The Rollins powerhouse was added in 1980.
To make use of existing water releases, small power plants were added during the 1980s at Bowman, Scotts Flat and Combie reservoirs.
NID is now pursuing a renewed federal license for operation of the Yuba-Bear Project. The project is operated under an original 50-year federal license granted in 1963 and scheduled to expire in 2013. FERC Relicensing
NID Power Plants
Chicago Park 39.0
Dutch Flat 24.57
Combie South 1.5
Scotts Flat 0.875
Combie North 0.5
Total: 82.2 megawatts