Carlos A. Tejeda
A resident of Bullhead City since 1989, Carlos Tejeda has been District 2 Director since 1996. He is the current treasurer and has served in that capacity since 2001.
Tejeda 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 and has taken advanced course studies to attain the Board Leader Certificate. Tejeda was awarded the NRECA Gold Director Certificate in January 2016. He regularly updates skills through course training and workshops in the electrical utility field. Tejeda also serves on the Board of Directors for the Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association.
Tejeda 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.
An alumnus of the University of Wisconsin, UCLA and USC, Tejeda holds an Associate of Arts Degree and is a graduate of the American Institute of Banking. He has also completed course work in humanities, personnel administration, economics, commercial law and accounting. Tejeda retired after a 43-year career in international banking.
A former board member of the International Bankers Association, he served as Treasurer on the board of directors of the Kiwanis Bullhead City Morning Club.
MEC “Call to Action”—Success Story
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.
MEC Praises LD5 Legislators for Supporting Cooperatives
(L-R) Mohave Electric Cooperative (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)
Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce announced Mohave Electric Cooperative as the 2017 Company Chamber Member of the Year. Accepting the award on behalf of the Cooperative (l-r) are MEC Board Directors Cynthia Christy, District 1; Toni Barbaro, District 3; and Carlos Tejeda, District 2.
Justice Court Solar Project Dedicated
The Mohave County Bullhead Justice Court solar project was partially funded by Mohave Electric Cooperative’s Solar Initiative for the Community. This program is part of MEC’s renewable energy plan which is funded by a surcharge on member bills that is mandated by the Arizona Corporation Commission. MEC’s Solar Initiative for the Community program funds solar projects that reduce costs for facilities operated primarily from collected taxes, which benefits all members as taxpayers.
Thirty-five projects are saving energy dollars at 19 schools, six fire stations, five government buildings, and five nonprofit facilities. Collectively, the Solar Initiative projects were funded through an investment of $2.5 million, with funding of $2 million from MEC’s Renewable Energy Plan, federal stimulus (ARRA) grants of $323,000 and private donations of $79,000.
Pictured at the Bullhead Justice Court dedication event on Tuesday, April 11 are (L-R) John Nelssen, MEC Board Director District 1; Judge Charles Gurtler; John Mieding, Mohave County Public Works Facilities Division; Carlos Tejeda, MEC Board Director District 2; Ken Devault of Devault Electric; Steven Latoski, Mohave County Public Works Director; Greg Branson, Mohave County Public Works Facilities Division. (Photo: MEC/Paul LaVoie)
Board Director Michael Bartelt, District 3 (left), joins Carlos Tejeda, District 2 (right), as John Nelssen, District 1, presents the Gold Director Certificate to fellow Director Joe Anderson, District 3 (second from left).
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)
Photo caption: Board Director Joe Anderson joins Board President, Lyn Opalka, as she presents the Gold Director Certificate to fellow Director, Carlos Tejeda.
US Senator John McCain Visits Bullhead City
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.
Operation Cool Shade Partnership Successful
Along with the City of Bullhead City, Mohave Electric Cooperative sponsors Operation Cool Shade giving members the opportunity to purchase low cost trees to help them save energy dollars. Tree pick up day, for trees purchased in September, was held Saturday, November 1st,at the Bullhead City Public Works department. The joint effort between MEC and the City of Bullhead City demonstrates the benefits of public and private partnerships. By working together, our entire community benefits.
Trees help beautify our city as well as help save energy. Shade trees can lower the outside wall temperature of a home or building which in turn can lower cooling costs by up to 20% in just a few years! The energy you don’t use doesn’t need to be generated, which is good for the environment. Trees and their root structure also help prevent soil erosion.
Operation Cool Shade tree sales are held yearly in September. Tree varieties offered are recommended as being well-suited for our climate by the Master Gardeners of Bullhead City, in association with University of Arizona College of Agriculture, and the horticulture professionals of Mountain States Wholesale Nursery.
Before you plant
Before planting, create a landscaping plan. Observe and take into consideration the way in which your family or business uses the outdoor space where you are thinking about placing trees. Plant at least three trees where they can provide enough shade to shield your structure and outdoor living areas. Shade the roof, as well as the east, west and south walls as much as possible. Never plant trees where their growth will interfere with overhead power lines. A good rule to follow is, at maturity, the trunk and branches of the trees should be at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines.
Before you dig
If you purchased a tree, remember to call Blue Stake at 1-800-STAKEIT (782-5348) one week before you plan to dig. Blue Stake will schedule a locator to mark the placement of underground utility wires and pipes where you plan to plant your trees. Even if you are hiring someone to dig for, it is YOUR responsibility to call BLUE STAKE.
For more information about Operation Cool Shade, planting trees and power line safety while planting, visit: www.mohaveelectric.com. Click on Energy Solutions then Operation Cool Shade or call (928)763-1100.
Photo caption: Tyler Carlson, Mohave Electric Cooperative Chief Executive Officer, presents Mayor Jack Hakim, a 2015 Operation Cool Shade t-shirt. Sheila Betts, Executive Assistant for the City of Bullhead City (left), and Carlos Tejeda, MEC Board Director (right), were on hand as volunteers.
Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department's Station 91 is Saving Energy Dollars
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.
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.
(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
From the Heart with River Fund” Receives $5,000 Co-Bank Grant
“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.
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.
Remembering Our Fallen
Bullhead City Mayor Jack Hakim, along with City Manager Toby Cotter and Mohave Electric Cooperative Board President, Lyn Opalka respectfully view the “Remembering Our Fallen” exhibit on its recent appearance in Bullhead City. The travelling photo display honors the sacrifice made by over 120 Arizonans killed in the War on Terror while serving in Afghanistan or Iraq. One of the fallen is Navy Hospitalman Dustin Burnett, of Fort Mohave.
The exhibit was hosted by the City of Bullhead City and was sponsored locally by a donation from Mohave Electric Cooperative. The Co-op’s sponsorship made it possible for the public to view the display free of charge.
“Remembering Our Fallen” was created by Bill and Evonne Williams of Patriotic Productions in Omaha, Nebraska in association with Bellevue University.
MEC Board Members Meet with Senator Gould
Mohave Electric Board President and Directors recently met with Arizona Senator Ron Gould to discuss issues of concern to electric cooperative members. Senator Gould indicated his support of legislative change to help Arizona rural electric cooperatives gain an allocation of low cost federal hydropower from Hoover Dam , and tougher legislation on crimes involving copper theft.
Pictured from the left are: Jim Ennes, MEC Board Director District 2; Senator Ron Gould; Lyn Opalka, MEC Board President and Director District 1; and Carlos Tejeda,MEC Board Director District 2.
Board Certificate Presented to Bartelt
Board Certificate Presented to Anderson
Board Directors Display Touchstone Energy Power and Hope Award
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.
Barbaro Receives Director Certificate
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.