Bagdad Interconnect is Energized

Arizona G&T Cooperatives Energizes the Bagdad Interconnect Project to Boost Reliability
for Mohave Electric Cooperative Members in Large Rural Area  

 After months of planning and construction, the new interconnection goes live without a problem


For Immediate Release


Geoff Oldfather, (520) 586-5465, C: (520) 444-3473,

J.D. Wallace, (520) 586-5157, C: (520) 235-4203,


BAGDAD, ARIZONA – Arizona G&T Cooperatives has completed construction of and energized a new interconnection – the Bagdad Interconnect Project – that improves reliability for Member distribution cooperative Mohave Electric Cooperative.

Planning and engineering for the project began several years ago, and AzGT transmission operations and maintenance crews have been working on the new one-mile, 115-kV transmission line near Bagdad, Arizona, for several months. The project included construction of the Bagdad substation, and an interconnect to an APS 115-kV line, enhancing electric reliability for Mohave Electric Cooperative Members in a large rural area that includes Wikieup.

Mohave EC’s system includes 65 miles of line and substations serving 41,000 Member-consumers at the end of the line.

Hotstick Lineman Jason Searle operates the boom truck to lift the pole into place.

Brad Gudvangen, AzGT substation and transmission engineering manager, explained how the interconnect benefits Mohave EC customers. “Say we have a lightning storm and an electric line goes down, or somebody runs into a power pole,” he said. “The new interconnection helps assure that Mohave EC customers don’t experience an outage,” he said.

Gudvangen praised the AzGT crews working on the project. “They’re some of the best in the utility business,” he said. “They know what they’re doing, they’re experienced and knowledgeable and they work hard. When a project comes together like this, and everybody’s safe, that’s a good deal.”

This is just one example of how AzGT has stepped up cooperation with its Members and other utilities to improve electric reliability.


About Arizona G&T Cooperatives

Arizona Electric Power Cooperative (AEPCO) and Sierra Southwest (Sierra) together comprise the Arizona G&T Cooperatives ( AEPCO owns and operates the 605-megawatt (combined gross) Apache Generating Station, located at Cochise, east of Benson. AEPCO also owns, operates and maintains 829 miles of electric power transmission line—including line owned in part with other utilities— and 27 substations to provide wholesale electric power from Apache to six member distribution cooperatives in southern Arizona, western New Mexico, northwestern Arizona and California.

Sierra is the vehicle to develop new ways to serve the renewable energy needs of our Member cooperatives and customers, and helps maximize solar and other renewable tax credits that are available. Sierra has initiated two utility scale solar projects; the 20 MW Apache Solar project on AEPCO property adjacent to and northeast of AGS, and SunAnza, the 2 MW solar array adjacent to the Anza EC headquarters in Anza, California.

Combined, the distribution cooperatives that receive AEPCO’s wholesale power serve more than 161,000 meters representing more than 420,000 individual residential, commercial, agricultural, and industrial member/consumers.

The Class A member cooperatives that receive wholesale power from AEPCO include Duncan Valley Electric Cooperative, Duncan; Graham County Electric Cooperative, Pima; Mohave Electric Cooperative, Bullhead City; Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative, Willcox; Trico Electric Cooperative, Marana; and our California member, Anza Electric Cooperative, Anza, California.

These member cooperatives own the AzGT and, by extension, the G&T Cooperatives are owned by their members—the people at the end of the line who use the power.