There is no shortage of new information from Mohave Electric Cooperative (MEC) during this time of year. One of the largest updates I can provide is that fiber is in the air. Read more in our The Talk Around Town with TWN article. Crews have been working to establish the backbone of this project since December, and have placed thousands of feet of fiber to create an advanced electrical system and assist in the growth of a much-needed, more reliable fiber-optic internet service brought to our members by MEC fiber and TWN Communications.
We want to again thank our members who participated in tree purchases during Operation Cool Shade. This year differed from past years in many ways. We added 300 more trees, had a presale phone event, and had a specific eastern service area pickup location. All trees were picked up before 2 p.m. during our western service area pickup day. This program has been going on for years. We hope the changes helped our members receive the trees they wanted to not only make their home more beautiful but also create energy savings for years to come. Members received a free LED lightbulb with each tree purchase. If you have not done so yet, install those lightbulbs and kick off your energy savings today. You can find more information on this event in our Operation Cool Shade article.
MEC was proud to be a part of the Paul Walsh Memorial Veteran’s Parade. Mohave Electric staff volunteered their time to show their appreciation and respect to the veterans who serve and have served our country. I drove Old Number One in the parade, followed by employees in their Jeeps. Event structure and participation has been altered due to COVID-19 restrictions, but MEC worked together to gather as much participation as possible to show our respect to those who have served. Read more in our Mohave Electric Cooperative Honors Veterans article.
We are excited to announce that as we kick off the new year, MEC has been serving our members for 75 years. You can view our new 75th-anniversary logo at the top right corner of this page. MEC started in 1946 with a few meters and has grown to more than 42,000 meters and more than 1,500 miles of line. Just like when we started, Mohave Electric Cooperative is here to grow with you.
Some of our most recent advancements as a growing cooperative were the launch of our new website back in October, and putting together the CEO PowerPoint video recapping our years’ work that is now live on our Annual Meeting page. We continue to improve our website and deliver a much higher quality of information to our members. We know a PowerPoint video is not what our members are accustomed to. We hope our 75th-year anniversary annual meeting will be in person so we can gather with our members face to face once again. From our family to yours, stay safe and enjoy the start of a new year.