Joe Anderson has served as a District 3 Director since his appointment in May 2005. He has been a Mohave Electric Cooperative member since 1978 when he and his family moved from Southern California to Bullhead City.
Anderson has attained a Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate through course work offered by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and has attained the Board Leadership Certificate, a recognized measurement of competency on key current issues. He regularly updates skills through course training and workshops in the electrical utility field. He served on the Arizona Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. Strategic Planning Committee 2010 - 2011.
Having served 33 years with the Bullhead City Fire Department, Anderson retired in 2012. He began his career at the department as a firefighter in 1979 and retired after serving twelve years as the Assistant Fire Chief. He holds an Associate Degree in fire science and continues to teach in the field of hazardous materials emergency response for the State of Arizona.
Appointed by the Governor of Arizona to the Public Safety Communications Commission, Anderson was instrumental in the upgrade to the radio communication system for the fire departments in the river valley area.
Anderson is an active member of the Knights of Columbus in Bullhead City, assisting in a wide variety of community and church functions.
Board Members Honor Classroom Grants Recepients
Ten area teachers were each awarded a $100 grant from Mohave Electric for the annual 2013 Classroom Grants Program. The program provides funding for supplies, materials, equipment or other essential items that support special projects for expanded classroom learning opportunities.
The topics selected for the grants ranged from building miniature steam engine boats to discovering the secrets of owl pellets. Projects included Walking Across America, Living Painting, Morse Code, Discovery Density and Solar Cooking.
The 2013 Classroom Grant recipients are: Jessica Villamor and Shannon Mitcham – Mohave Valley Elementary; Katherine Pavatt – Fox Creek Junior High; Molly Nottingham – Fort Mohave Elementary; Michael Oakleaf – Sunrise Elementary; Trina Demers, Mark Carlson and Tiffany Higgins – Mohave Accelerated Learning Center (MALC); and Lucinda Price and Robin Stepanek – Mohave High School. Robert Yee from River Valley High School won an honorable mention for his annual Solar Cooking project.
Mark Carlson, physical science teacher at MALC said, “Thank you Mohave Electric Cooperative. Your classroom grant allowed MALC’s AIMS Prep class to learn the principles of work and energy with a hands-on building project: their own working steamboats.” Carlson said the students made the working boats from recycled materials and simple technology that was used for the typical of turn-of-the-century toy boats. A birthday candle was used for an external combustion heat source that turned water into steam inside an aluminum can engine which was forced through a drinking straw. “The students learned the theories and the practical workings of steam engines, especially when things did not work quite right,” said Carlson. After building the boats, students raced in their custom made boat race track.
Robert Yee, a 2010 and 2011 grant recipient, used his grants for his Math Club students to explore solar cooking. The first year, they built four solar ovens, cooked 100 hot dogs, 6 pounds of chili and 6 pounds of nacho cheese feeding over 100 students and staff a delicious lunch. Yee said, “It was a great success and we could not have done it without Mohave Electric’s help.” He said students and teachers were surprised to see such a variety of food and were impressed with the quality of food that was produced. This year they are expanding their project to include macaroni and cheese and cookies.
The Classroom Grant Program is a part of Mohave Electric’s commitment to community and has awarded thousands of dollars to teachers in Mohave’s service area since 1996.
Photo caption: Mohave Electric Cooperative Board Directors Joe Anderson (far left) and Gordon “Jim” Ennes, right acknowledge the 2013 Classroom Grant Winners. Winners from left to right are Katherine Pavatt, Tiffany Higgins, Shannon Mitcham, Jessica Villamor, Molly Nottingham, Mark Carlson and Lucinda Price.
Upgrades Improve Reliability
Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), a federal agency, is investing $32 million dollars on three transmission projects aimed at improving capacity and reliability for Mohave’s system. WAPA’s Davis Dam Substation was upgraded by projects to rebuild a transmission line and switchyard which were completed in 2012.
A third WAPA project is underway to replace 27.3 miles with upgraded steel poles and larger conductor to carry power from Davis Dam to Kingman Tap near Coyote Pass which feeds substations serving members in Mohave’s Kingman service area.
“WAPA’s existing line was built in the early days of electrification back in the 1940’s,” said Tyler Carlson, Mohave’s CEO. “Our members in the Kingman service area experience outages when lightning strikes at any place over the 27 miles of line. The new line is designed to carry more load and it will be shielded to help protect the system from the effects of lightning.”
“For the most part our members tend to understand why we have outages during thunderstorms. And we also know that members count on us to work with our transmission providers on better ways to deliver reliable power. When WAPA’s Davis Dam to Kingman Tap Project is complete we should see a reduction in the number of outages caused by lightning striking this line,” said Carlson.
“System reliability improvements are an important consideration for the Co-op’s Board of Directors and management,” he added.
The project is presently scheduled by WAPA to be completed in 2014.
Directors Joe Anderson, District 3 (middle) and Gordon Ennes, District 2 (right) visit the site of Western Area Power Administration’s (WAPA) project along Hwy 68 with Tom Longtin, Mohave Electric Manager of Operations and Engineering.
MEC Track & Field Invitational
Joe Anderson, Director District 3 (third from right) and Mohave Electric employees volunteered to assist track meet officials at the 18th Annual Mohave Electric Cooperative Track and Field Invitational held March 23rd at Mohave High School.
New Substation Slated for Completion This Summer
Mohave Electric Cooperative Directors Gordon Ennes, District 2, and Joe Anderson, District 3, review construction plans for MEC’s Opalka Substation in Golden Shores with Tom Longtin, Mohave Electric manager of operations and engineering. Completion of the substation is expected this summer.
“A new substation for Golden Shores was proposed in our 10-year work plan several years ago, and we monitored the load growth through the years so that we would be ready to build when the time was right.” said Longtin. “That time came about two years ago, and the Board approved moving ahead with the construction plan. Opalka Substation will strengthen our system and improve reliability for our members in Golden Shores and Topock. The new facility will also provide infrastructure to accommodate future growth in the area,” he explained.
Anderson Receives Board Leadership Certificate