CEO Message

Currents and Cookbooks

Welcome to the second issue of our new Currents member magazine. We are hearing positive comments about the publication, and what’s best of all—members are reading and enjoying Currents.

MEC members are ordering cookbooks, one member ordered 10 of them. And several members have submitted calendar contest photo entries.

This publication wouldn’t be happening for MEC’s members without the help and professional efforts of the publisher, Pioneer Utility Resources. PUR is a not-for-profit cooperative like Mohave Electric, with the same values and business practices.

An MEC reader said:

“I loved getting the magazine and read it cover to cover, finding it very interesting and informative. Thank you for such a good magazine.”

Currents is part of our enhanced member communication goal. In the last few months we have gone from one social media channel to four channels—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Follow us!

A bigger project is a complete overhaul of our website. The all new mohaveelectric.com is expected later this year, something to look forward to.

In this September Currents issue, our cover story is found on pages 4 and 5. The Moss Mine power line project is providing reliable and cost-effective electricity for the mining operation and will have a significant positive impact on air quality by replacing the existing diesel generators at the mine.

I want to join Golden Vertex/Moss Mine and thank Congressman Paul Gosar for his help in clearing some hurdles for this project to move forward. Our members and community benefit by his support for a local business that is forward-thinking to improve air quality and bring more than 100 good jobs.

More MEC and Arizona generation and transmission content is found on pages 8, 25, 28 and 29.

Last month, our Board of Directors made the difficult decision to cancel our District and Annual Member Meetings for 2020.

Uncertainty and changes surrounding health concerns and risks have made it impossible for us to secure a facility for our meetings, along with difficulty in providing physical distancing at meetings.

A few other considerations affected the decision– there is no outstanding business to conduct, no proposed changes to MEC’s bylaws, and there were  no applications received for a board position.

MEC has prepared its annual report document and I have  recorded a video presentation of the year’s highlights. The annual report and presentation are available on our website—www.mohaveelectric.com, click on About Us then Annual Meeting.

We enjoy spending time with members at our meetings each year and we will miss that. On a bright note, we are planning MEC’s 75th anniversary in 2021 with a celebration at next year’s Annual Meeting and lots of gifts to make up for this year. We hope to see you next year, and maybe you’ll win a cookbook!

Communication – You Bet!

Communication – You Bet!

I’m sure you are curious about this new publication. As a member of Mohave Electric Cooperative (MEC), I was curious, too, when our communications and public affairs team presented the idea to me. What I saw was a new format for Currents that fit right in with our board and management goal to improve communication with our members.

We were already moving in this direction before the COVID-19 situation, but these past few months have demonstrated that more communication, using methods to reach more members, is the right path going forward.

Welcome to our new Currents publication. In each issue of Currents, you will find MEC news, information from Arizona’s rural electric cooperatives and interesting feature stories. You will receive the new magazine six times a year. The pages specific to MEC will remain the same in each issue.

In this July issue, the cover directs you to pages 4- 5 and information about MEC’s fiber broadband project. News about capital credits returned to members and MEC’s member assistance programs with River Fund is found on pages 8 and 25.

I am also pleased to announce we have added new social media channels. You can now follow MEC on Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn, as well as Facebook. This is another milestone in our communication improvement plan. Within the next few months, our website will be going through a major makeover. Stay tuned for that one.

Even with all these new things, you will still hear from us on a regular basis via bill inserts and messages, local print media and radio communication.

What matters most to us are our members and our community. During this difficult time, MEC has increased our programs to help members experiencing financial difficulty, and returned $1.3 million in capital credits to members. Involvement and investment in the community is a natural benefit of the cooperative business model. We’re locally based, live and work here, and are MEC members.

Through this pandemic, our employees have been there for you—in the field and in the office— making sure the lights stay on. I am proud of their dedication to respond day and night. We asked them to adapt to new and different ways of serving our members, and they did, while also having the same concerns for family, and dealing with the changes to daily life we all have experienced. Our employees have stepped up to make sure the power stayed on for all our members, allowing medical and first responder facilities to do their jobs, run their businesses and spend more time at home.

As we transition to businesses reopening and have fewer disruptions to our everyday lives, we remain committed to our community—as individuals and as Mohave Electric Cooperative. We’re here, keeping the lights on.