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Town Hall Meetings are scheduled for your area:

Several Town Halls are scheduled in Graham County Electric's service territory.  The primary discussion will be concerning the opposition to Proposition 127. A number of people attended the Ft. Thomas Town Hall that was held at the Ft. Thomas High School auditorium on September 26th.  Please make plans to attend a Town Hall Meeting near you.

Monday, October 15th at 6:00 p.m. at the Thunderbird Hills Clubhouse near Swift Trail South of Safford-look for signs with balloons
Monday, October 22nd at 6:00 p.m. in Bylas at Stanley Hall

Thank you to those who attended Pima Town Hall on October 8th:

Thank you to those who attended Solomon American Legion on Thursday, October 4th:

Attendees at Ft. Thomas Town Hall:

Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association Launches Opposition Campaign to Proposition 127

"Vote No Arizona" Aims to Fight Ballot Proposition That will Negatively Affect Electric Cooperatives.  Read the Press Release  

Congressman Tom O'Halleran meets with GCEC/GCU board and management

On August 4th, GCEC/GCU board members and management were able to discuss issues facing utility cooperatives with Congressman Tom O'Halleran.  Topics of concern were the Farm Bill, the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program (REDLG), Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP), and the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act.  Congressman O'Halleran is a member of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, which has close ties with the U.S. Department of Ag and has many programs which benefit electric cooperatives and its members nationwide.  He also hosted the GCEC students for "Meet your Congressman" in June, during the Graham County Electric Coop Washington Youth Tour in D.C.

GCU President Jeff Larson meets Arizona's 1st Congressional District Candidate Tiffany Shedd
Tiffany Shedd attended the Graham County Utilities Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 2nd.  She is running for Arizona's 1st Congressional District seat.


CEO/General Manager Kirk Gray and GCEC Board President present check for unclaimed capital credits for 1972 and a portion of 2014 to GCEC Foundation Board President Kim Larkey and Vice President Reuben McBride.

Graham County Electric Coop Operations Manager Prepares for the Future-Rusty Sherman graduates from the Management Internship Program

Madison, WI, April 2018: Graham County Electric Cooperative’s Operations Manager Rusty Sherman has completed an intensive program in electric utility management with the University of Wisconsin, - Madison.

The Robert I. Kabat Management Internship Program (MIP) is a series of workshops offered by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin.  The program guides participants through all facets of the electric utility industry, including the many changes occurring around the nation. 

Rusty Sherman is one of only a few electric utility management staff that will graduate from the Management Internship Program this year.  MIP participants go through three 10-day sessions designed to challenge and educate participants in new, innovative management techniques.  Participants leave with a better understanding of what consumers want and how to ensure they get it.

By also covering the unique principles that govern the operations of electric cooperatives, the program helps the co-op analyze other business ventures it may want to enter as well as enhancing the core organization.

Only rural electric cooperative CEOs and top level management participate in the program. This allows greater emphasis of study, on management challenges and the aspects of consumer-ownership that cooperatives enjoy. Participants learn focus on member value as part of day-to-day decision making.

Rusty Sherman has completed one of the most exclusive educational programs in the nation for electric cooperative management.



Graham County Electric is committed to provide members with affordable cost effective energy solutions. Visit the Energy Programs tab for more information.


Graham County Electric Board President Dennis Jacob receives service award from Graham Canyon State Electric Association (GCSECA).  He served on the GCSECA Board of Directors from 2014 to 2017. Pictured are GCEC CEO/General Manager Kirk Gray and Dennis Jacob.


On December 21, 2017 ACES donated $250 plus numerous toys and gifts to help Graham County Electric Foundation provide a memorable Christmas to 4 GCEC/GCU families.and assist 57 other coop members with utility assistance.  ACES is a nationwide energy management company that assists Graham County Electric Cooperative with electric strategies and marketing. We want to publicly thank Houston Reynolds who represented ACES in helping us deliver gifts.  Pictured below is CEO/General Manager Kirk Gray and ACES Field Representative Houston Reynolds.


Graham County Electric is in the process of changing out Transmission Poles that are over 50 years old.  This Project will give our members a more reliable electric service.

Our Cooperative's Powerlines are sometimes in the most remote and rugged places.  This Transmission line is between the Pima and Cork Substations.


This picture is of our Line Crew setting a sixty foot Transmission Pole. Team Work, that's the Cooperative way.


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