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Local cooperative: Power crisis averted

August 10, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — The emergency in the wholesale power market has subsided as temperatures have declined, Mohave Electric Cooperative officials announced Thursday.

The utility issued an appeal for its members to conserve energy after reporting on Tuesday that heat and wildfires in California were distorting the energy market and bringing supply problems to the entire Western states, including Mohave Electric Cooperative and its members.

MEC members may now discontinue the requested energy conservation measures, according to a statement from the company.

“We asked for your help and you came through,” said Tyler Carlson, MEC chief executive officer. “The willingness of our members to help when it’s needed is impressive and very much appreciated.”

MEC officials said a decline in temperatures helped alleviate the situation.

City of Bullhead City staff also responded to MEC’s request for power conservation by shutting down nonessential energy use, including athletic field lighting.

Bullhead City Police Chief Brian Williamson took public safety measures including contacting Mohave County Emergency Management to place American Red Cross and Salvation Army on standby to open cooling centers if necessary.

The problems in California meant less energy was available on the market throughout the Western U.S., creating pricing and availability problems for which Western power companies could not be prepared, MEC officials said Tuesday. Major suppliers were indicating they might not have power to sell.

If MEC needs conservation help in the future, it will issue notifications, Carlson said.

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