Director — Michael Bartelt

District 3

Michael Bartelt became a member of Mohave Electric Cooperative in 1990. He has served as Board Director for District 3 since 2007. At the June 2017 District 3 meeting, members in attendance recommended Bartelt to continue representing them for a three-year term.

Bartelt attained the Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate, a recognized measurement of competency on key current issues, through course work offered by National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. He regularly updates skills through course training and workshops in the electrical utility field.

Bartelt received the Touchstone Energy Power and Hope Recognition Award in April 2011, a program that recognizes cooperative directors and employees who have gone above and beyond to help co-op members in need.

With a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in school administration from Cal State University, Long Beach, Bartelt is a retired school administrator. He taught elementary school for 10 years and was a middle and elementary school principal for 27 years in Torrance, California.

Bartelt is a member of Moose Lodge 1860 in Bullhead City and an active volunteer and member at Chaparral Golf and Country Club. He served previously as board member for a school district credit union in California.

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Local non-profit receives donation on behalf of The Freeman Company

March 19, 2020 – Veterans Resource Center receiving check from MECMEC, on behalf of the Freeman Company, LLC, presented a $500 check to Mark Tierce, site director of the Veterans’ Resource Centers of America in Bullhead City. Freeman provided materials and labor to set up MEC’s Co-op Connections Expo at the Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce in early March and simply asked for a donation to a charity of choice. From left to right – Tierce, and MEC board members John Nelssen, Michael Bartelt, and Carlos Tejeda.

MEC wins safety award

November 21, 2019 – Board members with safety award given to MECBoard members, from left to right, Mike Bartelt, Carlos Tejeda, and John Nelssen pose with a safety award given to MEC in recognition for excellence in safety in 2018.

Mohave Electric was one of Arizona co-ops that were recognized with safety awards during the GCSECA summer conference. The safety award is given to cooperatives that had no lost time incidents for that calendar year.

Desert Valley School educator wins $5K grant

November 11, 2019 – Several people standing next to the Desert Valley School sign, with a big $5,000 check.In its continuing support of education, MEC has awarded the 2019 $5K Education Grant to Wendy Hardy of Desert Valley School in Bullhead City.

With the aid of the renewable energy grant, Hardy plans to bring an inquiry-based, engaging, and interactive curriculum designed by the National Energy Education Department into the school.

“MEC strongly believes in supporting the communities it serves and helping our educators is certainly a worthwhile endeavor,” said Rick Campos, COO at MEC. “Wendy turned in a fabulous proposal and we’re happy to award her the grant money.”

The curriculum will take students through a number of steps, including the science of energy, sources of energy, efficiency and conservation, synthesis and reinforcement, and evaluation.

“It’s exciting to bring a program like this to our students,” Hardy said. “The curriculum correlates with the state and common core standards.”

The grant will allow for the purchase of various kits, which include several solar ovens and cardboard solar houses. Activities will allow students an opportunity to explore renewable energy across all subject areas: science, mathematics, technology, engineering, social studies, language arts, and creative arts.

“Our district has worked closely with Mohave Electric over the years,” said Dr. Carolyn Steward, Bullhead City Elementary School District superintendent. “We appreciate its outstanding community support and the support of our educational programs.”

“Arizona schools always have tight budgets,” she said. “The MEC grant should inspire students in STEAM programs (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) as they continue their education throughout the district in middle and junior high schools.”

Campos said six applications were received, establishing a new high for this grant. Only educators at schools within the MEC service territory are eligible to apply.

Educators interested in applying for the grant in 2020 can look for the announcement in February or March on the MEC website, Facebook by searching mohaveelectriccoop, and in the Currents newsletter.

For other MEC programs, such as the $200 Classroom Grants, visit the Mohave Electric website.

Mohave Electric Board Of Directors attend the GCSECA 2019 Annual Meeting and Legislative Conference

Photo from L-R (Arizona's Legislative District 5 Representative Regina Cobb, MEC CEO Tyler Carlson, MEC Board Members Toni Barbaro, Deborah Johnson, John Nelssen, Rich Tempelman, Michael Bartelt, Arizona's Legislative District 5 Representative Leo Biasiucci.) Front L-R (MEC Board Member Carlos Tejeda, Washington Youth Tour winner Monica Houltram) February 21, 2019 – Every year representatives from Arizona's not-for-profit electric cooperatives from across the state attend the Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association (GCSECA) Legislative Rally at the Arizona State Capitol. The purpose of this meeting is to introduce the legislator to Arizona's electric cooperatives and discuss important policy issues.

Photo from L-R (Arizona's Legislative District 5 Representative Regina Cobb, MEC CEO Tyler Carlson, MEC Board Members Toni Barbaro, Deborah Johnson, John Nelssen, Rich Tempelman, Michael Bartelt, Arizona's Legislative District 5 Representative Leo Biasiucci.) Front L-R (MEC Board Member Carlos Tejeda, Washington Youth Tour winner Monica Houltram)

Call Center Remodeled
Michael Bartelt, District 3 Director and John Nelssen, District 1 Director talk about Smart Grid system monitoring capabilities with Tom Longtin, Manager of Operations and Engineering.

January 14, 2019 – The Co-op’s Call Center was remodeled to make it ready for installation of the new Smart Grid monitoring system.

An AARA Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy has substantially reduced Mohave’s investment, making it possible to use new technology to improve service and reliability in the future.

“Our board of directors and management are members of the Co-op too, and we believe in purchasing materials and services locally whenever they’re available and competitive,” said Longtin. “This business philosophy helped put the AARA Grant dollars used for the Call Center improvements back in to our local community."

Barbaro and Johnson Receive Director Certificate

receiving accredited Credentialed Cooperative Director CertificatesJanuary 11, 2019 – Board Directors (rear from left to right), Mike Bartelt, John Nelssen and Carlos Tejada present board members Deborah Johnson (front left) and Toni Barbaro with their accredited Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificates. The certificate is a recognized measurement of competency on key current issues attained through course work offered by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Board Directors Display Touchstone Energy Power and Hope Award

John Nelssen, Carlos Tejeda, and Michael Bartelt display plaques awarded to them for the Touchstone Energy Power and Hope AwardJanuary 11, 2019 – MEC Board Directors proudly display plaques awarded to them for the Touchstone Energy Power and Hope Award. Pictured left to right - John Nelssen, Director District 1 and Vice President; Carlos Tejeda, Director District 2 and Treasurer and Michael Bartelt, District 3 Director.

Board Certificate Presented to Anderson

Mohave Electric Cooperative Board of Directors Vice President John Nelssen, presents the accredited NRECA Board Leadership Certificate to Joe Anderson with fellow board directors, Michael Bartelt and Carlos Tejada.January 11, 2019 – Mohave Electric Cooperative Board of Directors Vice President John Nelssen, presents the accredited NRECA Board Leadership Certificate to Joe Anderson with fellow board directors, Michael Bartelt and Carlos Tejada.

Board Certificate Presented to Bartelt

Board member Michael Bartelt getting his accredited Credentialed Cooperative Director CertificateJanuary 11, 2019 – Board Directors John Nelssen and Carlos Tejada join MEC Board President Lyn Opalka, in presenting board member Michael Bartelt with his accredited Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate. The certificate is a recognized measurement of competency on key current issues attained through course work offered by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

From the Heart with River Fund” Receives $5,000 Co-Bank Grant
CoBank’s Tamra Reynolds presents a $5,000 check to Mike Conner, River Fund Executive Director with help from MEC Board Directors: John Nelssen, District 1, Carlos Tejeda, District 2, and Mike Bartelt, District 3.

January 11, 2019 – “From the Heart with River Fund,” a utility assistance program facilitated by Mohave Electric Cooperative and River Fund received a $5,000 matching grant from CoBank’s “Sharing Success” charitable program for 2013.

The CoBank grant matches $5,000 in donations from Mohave members who voluntarily donate to help members in need by adding $1 to their electric bill each month and also through Operation Round Up. Donations are forwarded to River Fund, a local 501c3 non-profit social service agency that administers the funds to help Mohave families in need with their utility payments.

Mohave Electric applied for the grant on behalf of River Fund. CoBank also funded Mohave’s request to match $5,000 in donations last year.

CoBank Vice President Tamra Reynolds said, “CoBank is pleased to offer this program to our cooperative customers once again and provide support to the rural economies which they serve. It’s just one more way CoBank demonstrates cooperation among cooperatives and fulfills our mission to serve rural America.”

Ardie Lauxman, Mohave CFO, explained, “River Fund partners with the Cooperative through an agreement where they facilitate the utility assistance program without an administration fee making 100% of the donations and grant available for member assistance.”

CoBank, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is a cooperative bank serving vital industries across rural America.

Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department's Station 91 is Saving Energy Dollars
(Left to right) Darrell Rayburn, Fire Chief, Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department; Scott Seabury, Principal Architect, Seabury Fritz Architects; Michael Bartelt, MEC Director, District 3; Philippine Rallapalli, Huguenin-Rallapalli Foundation; John B. Nelssen, MEC Director, District 1; Carlos Tejeda, MEC Director, District 2; and Glenn E. Roehl, President, Sunquest Solar. Photo credit: MEC/Peggy Gillman

January 11, 2019 – Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department’s Station 91 is saving energy dollars, as a result of a 25.5 KW rooftop solar project funded by Mohave Electric Cooperative’s Renewable Energy Program and the Huguenin-Rallapalli Foundation, a private non-profit foundation.

“The solar panels are expected to provide 90-95% of the energy used at the station,” said Darrell Raburn, Fire Chief. “Our main source of income is from property taxes, which has declined about 47% since 2009. The solar project will help greatly with our expenses for electricity and we appreciate the generosity of MEC and Mrs. Rallapalli,” Raburn said.

“For Mohave Electric, as a locally-based utility, helping the community is an important commitment,”said Tyler Carlson, Mohave Electric CEO. “When we submit our renewable energy plan to the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) each year, we look for projects that help lower the operating costs of schools, fire stations, and government buildings, all of which operate primarily from collected taxes. Reducing the operating costs for such essential services benefits our members as taxpayers,” Carlson explained.

Photovoltaic panels on the rooftop of Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department’s station are saving energy dollars thanks to funding from MEC’s Renewable Energy Program and Huguenin-Rallapalli Foundation. Photo credit: Sunquest Solar

This project marks the third solar facility that has been funded by MEC’s program together with donations from Krishna and Philine Rallapalli of Bullhead City, administrators of Huguenin-Rallapalli Foundation. Earlier joint projects were at the Boys and Girls Club in 2010 and Mohave Community College in 2011.

Since 2009 MEC’s Community Renewable Energy Program has provided funding for 24 solar projects with eight additional projects planned, as approved by the ACC. Most of the funding for the projects comes from the Renewable Energy Standard Tariff (REST), a surcharge on members bills that is mandated by the ACC. In 2010 the Co-op also facilitated a federal stimulus grant (ARRA) of $323,000 on behalf of 15 area schools, the City of Bullhead City, and Mohave Community College.

Fire Station 3 Solar Initiative

Board members standing next to Bullhead City Fire Department fire truckJanuary 11, 2019 –MEC Board Directors Michael Bartelt (second from left) and Carlos Tejeda (third from right) join Bullhead City Fire Department personnel and Fire Board members in front of Fire Station 3, one of the newest facilities to benefit from Mohave’s Solar Initiative for the Community. To date, six fire stations already benefit from the program, which derives its funding from a combination of MEC’s Renewable Energy Plan, ARRA grants, and private donations. (Photo: MEC)

10 years of continuous support to the Arizona Action Committee for Rural Electrification

Director Michael Bartelt with the Arizona ACRE Membership RecognitionJanuary 11, 2019 –MEC Board of Directors Toni Barbaro and Deborah Johnson (far left and right) join Board President Lyn Opalka in presenting fellow director Michael Bartelt with the Arizona ACRE Membership Recognition for 2017. Bartelt has been recognized for 10 years of continuous support to the Arizona Action Committee for Rural Electrification.

MEC Praises LD5 Legislators for Supporting Cooperatives

January 11, 2018 –

From left to right, MEC Board of Directors Toni Barbaro, Joe Anderson, CEO Tyler Carlson, Carlos Tejeda, Michael Bartelt, Cindy Christy, and John Nelssen deliver "Call to Action" letters from MEC members and supporters to State Senator Sonny Borrelli and Representative Regina Cobb on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. The total number of letters generated by the campaign to date is 6,609. (photo: GCSECA)

From left to right, MEC Board of Directors Toni Barbaro, Joe Anderson, CEO Tyler Carlson, Carlos Tejeda, Michael Bartelt, Cindy Christy, and John Nelssen deliver "Call to Action" letters from MEC members and supporters to State Senator Sonny Borrelli and Representative Regina Cobb on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. The total number of letters generated by the campaign to date is 6,609.

MEC “Call to Action”—Success Story

Board members with boxes of lettersJanuary 11, 2018 –Members of Mohave Electric Cooperative responded to MEC’s “Call to Action” initiative and proved that making their voices heard really does work.

In January 2018 the “Call to Action” effort generated more than 6,600 letters from MEC members in support of Arizona SB1412. The legislation which allows Arizona electric cooperatives to continue to support local community programs through assigned capital credits, was introduced in January of this year and passed the Arizona Senate on February 15, 2018 by a vote of 29-0 and also passed in the House of Representatives on March 20, with a vote of 57-0-3 with no dissenting votes, and was signed by Governor Ducey on March 23, 2018.

Several box loads of letters, addressed to Senator Sonny Borrelli, Representative Regina Cobb, and Representative Paul Mosley were hand-delivered to the State Capitol in Phoenix by MEC CEO Tyler Carlson, MEC Board Directors, and statewide electric cooperative representatives in January.

Carlson expressed his appreciation to MEC members, Senator Borrelli and Representative Cobb.

“MEC members understand the importance of keeping this funding local to help the community, and we thank them for writing the letters and adding their voices to ours.”

“Our thanks also go out to Senator Borrelli and Representative Cobb who listened and supported our members and community. They were with us from the start, and were instrumental in getting this done.”

Carlson explained that assigned capital credits provide funding for many local community programs including The River Fund, and also MEC’s Classroom Grants and Washington DC Youth Tour.

Anderson Receives Gold Director Certificate

Board Director Michael Bartelt (left) joins Carlos Tejeda (right) as John Nelssen presents the Gold Director Certificate to fellow Director Joe Anderson (second from left)January 22, 2017 – Board Director Michael Bartelt (left) joins Carlos Tejeda (right) as John Nelssen presents the Gold Director Certificate to fellow Director Joe Anderson (second from left).

US Senator John McCain Visits Bullhead City

John McCain visits board membersJanuary 11, 2016 –US Senator John McCain spent last Friday in Bullhead City where he met with Mohave Electric Cooperative Board members and employees before addressing a crowd at a Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Senator McCain spoke with MEC employees and board members about the need for additional transparency and oversight of the Western Area Power Administration, including talking about an amendment he worked on with Senator Flake that would require WAPA to provide more information on their budgeting process to customers.

In addition, McCain discussed the impacts of power plant closures on rural areas, in particular the impact of the closure of the Mohave Generating Station had on the area. He vowed to continue fighting EPA overreach and in particular the Clean Power Plan and the rules on Waters of the United States that would put federal jurisdiction over every dry sand-wash in the area.

Anderson Receives Board Leadership Certificate

Mohave Electric Cooperative Board of Directors Vice President, John Nelssen, presents the accredited NRECA Board Leadership Certificate to Joe Anderson with fellow board directors, Michael Bartelt and Carlos Tejada. January 11, 2011 –MEC Board of Directors Vice President, John Nelssen, presents the accredited NRECA Board Leadership Certificate to Joe Anderson with fellow board directors, Michael Bartelt and Carlos Tejada.