Mohave Electric Cooperative (MEC) celebrated 75 years at the annual meeting on September 16, 2021. The annual meeting moved to Anderson Auto Group Fieldhouse for the first time with great success. MEC members entered the building and made their way down to the fieldhouse floor after registering and receiving their free meals. Members in attendance received complimentary gift bags filled with an assortment of goodies that ranged from beach towels and light bulbs, to portable chargers. Members were entered into a drawing for prizes such as power credits and gift cards. Prior to the start of the business portion of the meeting, members visited informational booths provided by AZG&T Cooperatives, Asplundh Tree Expert Company, TWN Communications, and Mohave Electric.
MEC CEO Tyler Carlson gave a presentation to members and guests describing both past stories of success and current MEC achievements. The nine, member-elected directors that comprise Mohave Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors were in attendance along with CEO Colin Wood of TWN Communications, Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association (GSECA) CEO Dave Lock, and Arizona Generation and Transmission Cooperatives (AZG&T) CEO Patrick Ledger.
“A cooperative is about people and the spirit of working together to accomplish a goal. MEC has come full circle from providing electricity to starting a fiber-optic network in our 75th anniversary year. Our story is putting members’ needs first and not only meeting the needs of today, but the future,” stated MEC CEO Tyler Carlson.
Carlson addressed the capacity scarcity that Texas faced last winter when thousands of consumers in Texas had no power. He spoke about transmission policy changes in California affecting the energy market in the western states including Arizona. Carlson also discussed the lowered Purchased Power Adjustor (PPA) which dropped from -1.25 cents to -2.25 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), effectively putting more money back in the members’ pockets each billing cycle.
“As a not-for-profit utility, MEC makes every effort to save its members money by negotiating the most reliable, yet affordable power prices possible. While the changing power market does not always provide an opportunity to save money for our members, when we are able to secure power cost savings, we make sure to pass those on to our members,” says Carlson.
Carlson’s presentation included information about Capital Credits, MEC’s commitment to community, and programs that help members such as Weatherization and the River Fund.
MEC employees Rojeana Wymbs, Fiber/Broadband Member Liaison, and Jerry Hardy, Manager of Engineering and Operations, informed members about the progress that MEC and TWN are making to provide fiber to MEC’s service territory. Hardy highlighted the areas where connections will be available to members for TWN’s fiber broadband service while Wymbs emphasized the importance of pre-registering.
“There are already more than 100 members that have the option to sign up today and receive services from TWN, and through the end of 2021 you will continue to see a strong increase in the number of members ready for fiber connection,” stated Hardy. Now in November 2021, there are over 600 members able to connect.
Members in attendance at the 2021 MEC Annual Meeting voted to approve a proposed Bylaw amendment. MEC also hosted three district gatherings earlier in the week where members in attendance recommended incumbents John B. Nelssen of District 1, Kevin Nestrick of District 2, and Michael Bartelt of District 3 be formally seated at the October Board of Directors meeting.