Board 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.
Homeless does not mean forgotten.
Mohave Electric Cooperative is providing financial support for an eight-bed veterans’ wing of the Bullhead City Emergency Shelter facility on North Oatman Road.
U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, a member of the Rural Veterans Caucus, visited the building on Monday. Gosar has a long-standing interest in veterans affairs, such as getting them the benefits and care they deserve and earned.
“Mohave Electric supports veterans in many ways throughout our service territory,” said Tyler Carlson, CEO of MEC. “Our board of directors recognizes our community has a critical need to assist homeless veterans with temporary shelter and nutrition and other assistance to help them get back on their feet.”
In 2018, the MEC board established a goal to partner with local charities and organizations, including BHHS Legacy Foundation and Catholic Charities Community Services to provide a facility for veterans who are temporarily without adequate shelter.
Construction began in January 2019 with an expected completion date in 2020.
The MEC board of directors voted to authorize Carlson the ability to grant up to $30,000 annually of Assigned Capital Credits to the veterans wing of the shelter for the purpose of delivering financial assistance for the facility to support homeless veterans located in the MEC service communities of Bullhead City, Fort Mohave, Mohave Valley, Golden Shores, Kingman, Wikieup, Hackberry, and Peach Springs.
MEC also plans to invest in solar resources for the facility.
“This is done to help reduce the annual operating costs for the entire facility,” Carlson said.
The solar energy equipment is provided by MEC’s Solar Initiative for the Community and funded by a billing surcharge for renewable energy programs approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission.
“I want to thank all the partners involved in this effort,” Carlson said. “A community need was identified and is now being addressed. It’s important to give our veterans an opportunity to succeed following their service to this country.
“I’m proud that Mohave Electric is playing a role in this endeavor.”
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)
Mohave Electric Board Of Directors attend the GCSECA 2019 Annual Meeting and Legislative Conference
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.
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.
Michael Bartelt, District 3 Director (second from left), and John Nelssen, District 1 Director (right) talk about Smart Grid system monitoring capabilities with Tom Longtin, Manager of Operations and Engineering (left).
John Nelssen, District 1 Director since 1996, is a 21-year resident of Wikieup, Arizona. From 1998 - 2018 he served as Vice President.
Nelssen has attained a Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate through course work offered by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, a recognized measurement of competency on key current issues. He regularly updates skills through course training and workshops in the electrical utility field and has taken advanced course studies to attain the Board Leadership Certificate, a recognized measurement of competency on key current issues.
Former owner of Left Field Meat Company in Wikieup, Nelssen was an electrical test engineer with utilities in Arizona and California and an owner/engineer of an electrical high voltage testing company.
Nelssen also served on the Southwest Transmission Cooperative (SWTC) Board of Directors and previously served as chairman.
In April 2011, Nelssen received the Touchstone Energy Power and Hope Recognition Award, a program that recognizes cooperative directors and employees who have gone above and beyond to help co-op members in need.
Nelssen served four years in the U.S. Navy as an electrician’s mate and is a Vietnam Veteran. He is a member of Masonic Lodge No. 29 in Phoenix and has been active in 4-H and Future Farmers of America youth programs.
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.
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.