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.
In its continuing support of education, Mohave Electric Cooperative 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 www.mohaveelectric.com.
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.
A Mohave Electric Cooperative member since 1990, Bartelt has served as District 3 Director since his appointment in February 2007.
Bartelt 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. He served on the Arizona Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. Strategic Planning Committee 2010 - 2011.
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 Masters 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 as board member for a school district credit union in California.
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).
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.
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.