This month, in addition to remembering our country’s Independence Day, I wanted to take a moment to celebrate with members Mohave Electric Cooperative’s (MEC’s) 75th Anniversary!
Mohave Electric was formed on July 3, 1946. Here are a few key milestones in MEC’s history!
May 1, 1946—Residents in Kingman met to explore the possibility of bringing affordable electricity to Kingman, Big Sandy Valley, Wikieup and Bullhead City.
July 3, 1946—Frontier-spirited, hardworking folks brought as much money as they could spare and borrowed a Rural Electrification Administration loan under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. These members established a board of directors to govern the co-op.
January 1, 1947—The first meters were energized and within one year, there were 90 meters on 5 miles of line. The REA grant expanded transmission lines to Topock.
1948—Power contracts were signed to serve members in Peach Springs, Valentine and Hackberry.
1954—478 meters were energized on 275 miles of line.
1956—MEC had six employees housed in Kingman.
1964—First capital credits checks were issued to members.
1969—MEC has 4,006 members and 534 miles of line.
1971—MEC members were increasing and needed more power. MEC joined Arizona Electric Power Cooperative to secure more energy for the growing area.
1972—MEC’s general offices moved to Bullhead City while keeping a Kingman facility. 5,501 members, 27 employees and 609 miles of line.
1974—7,136 members and 663 miles of line.
1979—10,585 members and 10,675 meters.
1980—General & Member Services move to Arena Drive.
1984—12% increase in members served for a total of 15,035. 5,000 new meters since 1980.
1989—Member Service office moves to Hancock Road.
2005—30,929 members with 36,854 meters, 79 employees, and 1,391 miles of line.
2015—32,498 members with 39,762 meters, 77 employees, and 1,521 miles of line.
2019—MEC completes feasibility study for fiber optic broadband to improve electricity service and offer internet service to members. The board of directors voted to proceed.
2020—MEC is first Arizona co-op to secure legislation, ACC approval, and $110 million private financing to bring broadband to each member. Fiber construction begins.
July 2021—Just in time for MEC’s 75th anniversary, the co-op has come full circle with the first members connected with broadband service!