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Welcome to Anza Electric Cooperative


We all have times in our lives that we need a little help with the everyday issues that come up occasionally; the kind of issues that involve financial challenges.

As a member owned and controlled cooperative, one of our basic principles is “Concern for Community.” For Anza Electric, this simply means that we have a responsibility to do what we can to make the place that we all live a little better. When our members have financial challenges, we want to be able to help. Here are three programs available to do just that:

Smiles 4 Seniors

If you’re over 65 and meet certain income requirements, this non-profit program provides emergency assistance and safety net services to struggling low income seniors who would otherwise have nowhere to turn. Contact them at Smiles for Seniors Foundation P.O. Box 1113 Yucaipa Ca. 92399. (909)790-6671 or visit their website at

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Administered by the Community Action Partnership of Riverside County, this federally funded program provides utility payment assistance and weatherization services to low income customers in Riverside County. Apply online at

Cooperative Care Program

This program is truly what our Cooperative is all about- helping our Members. We started this program ourselves, looking for a way to provide a helping hand when and where it’s needed. Members are eligible for up to $300 assistance annually, and the Thimble Club administers the program. It’s funded through Operation Roundup®, which rounds up participants’ electric bills to the nearest dollar, and contributing the extra change to the program. Funding is also provided through escheated Capital Credit funds.

To get more information on this unique program, visit our website here:

To sign up for Operation Round Up info, please visit:

Or, stop by the office or give us a call at (951)763-4333. We’re always glad to help.

Anza Electric Cooperative, Inc. has filed a Grant Application with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) under the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) program. We are seeking grant assistance from the CASF program to support our ConnectAnza high speed internet project as we begin the buildout in Garner Valley, Pinyon, and Mountain Center.

Letters of support from our members are crucial to this process. Please take the time to complete a letter to the CPUC showing your support of our efforts. Letters that detail the impact of access to high speed internet for you personally or in your business are especially important.

Please send completed letters to the addresses included in the mailing list.   LETTER        CONTACT LIST

Thank you for your support!


Our community has been underserved by internet service providers since the creation of the internet. We are rural, sparsely populated, and for-profit telecom providers aren't interested in serving our needs.
Our local cooperative, Anza Electric, is proposing to build Phase 2 of their ConnectAnza fiber-to-the-premises project to serve the communities of Pinyon, Mountain Center, and Garner Valley with 50Mb/s fiber optic internet service for $49 per month. They have applied for a California Advanced Services Fund grant to do this. The areas are priority areas according to CASF: CASF Prority Areas
The CASF grant application summary may be seen here: ConnectAnza Phase 2
When constructed we will finally have high speed, reliable and affordable internet service to our homes, businesses and institutions. Area anchor institutions such as Camp Ronald McDonald, the Girl Scouts Camp Schermer, Lake Hemet Campground, Hurkey Creek Campground, and the UC Riverside Deep Canyon Research Facility will be served, as well as area fire stations and all residences.
This project has been supported by all area elected officials, as well as 93% of the area's residents and businesses. ConnectAnza Phase 1 is successfully under way with a generous CASF grant under the phase 1 application. See the ConnectAnza website at
Please join us in support of ConnectAnza's grant application by signing this petition.  Thank you!


As always, Anza Electric strives for the highest possible reliability of our system, without sacrificing safety. This doesn't simply refer to the safety of our employees, although this is a primary concern in itself. We're talking about the safety of our community.

Any time we experience weather conditions associated with a Santa Ana wind (high wind speeds and low humidity), there is a very real and present fire danger in our area if trees are uprooted and fall into our lines. These conditions promote rapid ignition, acceleration and spread of wildfires, as seen elsewhere in California very recently. AEC is very diligent regarding brush removal and tree trimming to mitigate these risks; however, due to the rural nature of our community, it is not possible to completely eliminate them. 

Therefore, we agree with the practice of de-energizing lines if the risk is deemed too high. Our members deserve no less than our best efforts to protect their homes and families from the threat of wildland fire.

The outage of December 7th was the result of a decision by Southern California Edison, working with state fire officials, to eliminate this very same threat on lines owned and operated by SCE. These lines feed our service territory as well as the Idyllwild/Pine Cove area. AEC management was contemplating the same decision for our system, but had not yet arrived at that point. As a result, SCE de-energized two circuits from their Nelson substation in Hemet feeding our areas. AEC was not consulted prior to this action, but nevertheless supports the SCE decision.

We were subsequently contacted by SCE customer service staff, and worked closely with them during the outage, coordinating resources regarding life support issues, communications, and outage restoration. AEC delivered a generator to the Anza Community Building and connected it, enabling operation of the building as a true community resource until restoration of normal service. We also provided regular updates on the status of the outage via our messaging system, our website and social media.

Additionally, we are developing a program with the Riverside County Office of Emergency Services to better assist our members in disaster preparedness and readiness.

Ultimately, we continually work to find balance between our Member's safety, their financial investment in our Cooperative, and the reliability and affordability of the utility services that we offer as a benefit of Membership.

As always, I welcome inquiries from our members, and am ready to answer any questions associated with this issue. Please feel free to contact me directly at our office.


Kevin Short

General Manager












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