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Michael Bartelt

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.


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)











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.







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)






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.


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


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


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.


Bartelt Receives Director Certificate


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.

Board Certificate Presented to Joe 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.


Mohave Receives Safety Award


Mohave Electric has been recognized by the Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association (GCSECA) for their achievement in the Loss Control Department Safety Awards program. Michael Bartelt, Mohave Board Director, accepted the coveted Injury and Illness Incidence Rate Award for 2009 from GCSECA Director of Loss Control, Jim Lewis at the GCSECA summer meetingJuly 28th in Flagstaff, Arizona.


Call Center Remodeled


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 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. See NEWSROOM for entire article.



Directors Present Barbaro with 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.






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