Published by The Bee News

December 12, 2022

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BULLHEAD CITY, AZ – At 6:37 p.m. Sunday, December 11, Mohave Electric Cooperative (MEC) members in the eastern service area lost power due to an extreme snowstorm. The heavy snowfall and wind broke a crossarm on MEC’s 69KV sub-transmission line to the Nelson Substation. This outage affected 483 members in the Peach Springs, Grand Canyon Caverns, Supai, and Pica areas. 

“Mother nature has not been kind to us this year, but rest assured we will continue to make improvements to strengthen our facility and infrastructure,” said Jerry Hardy, MEC Manager of Engineering and Operations. “Our crews work around the clock to ensure power is restored to our members as quickly and safely as possible, even during snowstorms such as this.”

Line crews performed switching to restore power to 378 members in Peach Springs at 9:11 p.m. Switching is rerouting power, when available, to restore electricity to members as soon as possible. Working with Arizona Electric Power Cooperative, the additional 105 remaining MEC members were restored at 12:15 p.m. on December 12 once repairs were made. The extended time to complete repairs was due to the hard access during harsh snow conditions.

Please remember, there are many ways to report an outage. You can call our toll-free line at 1-844-632-2667, text “outage” to 55050 from a number linked to your MEC account or use our SmartHub® application on your mobile device to report the outage. With proper notification setup through SmartHub®, updates will come to you. You can also track outages on our website at:

Founded in 1946, Mohave Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit utility providing reliable, cost-effective power to 36,700 members, 43,500 meters, with more than 1,555 miles of line spanning areas from Bullhead City to Topock on the west, Hualapai to Burro Creek to the south, and Nelson to the east. Mohave Electric Cooperative is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Broken Crossarm on Utility Pole of MEC’s 69KV sub-transmission line

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