Bighorn Fire Update - July 31, 2020

Update on Trico Electric Cooperative’s Facilities Damaged by the Bighorn Fire and Notice of Planned Outage

July 31, 2020

Trico has been working to repair its power line that runs up the West slope of Mt. Lemmon (West Line) which was damaged by the Bighorn Fire. This line is used to provide power to Mt. Lemmon. Trico has been serving Members on Mt. Lemmon using our backup generator located near the Mt. Lemmon Fire Department. The repairs to the West Line are anticipated to be completed this weekend, reconnecting the normal source of power to Mt. Lemmon.

There will be a brief outage of approximately one hour, while power is transferred from the backup generator to the repaired line. To help our Members plan for this brief outage, Trico has set two possible windows for the planned outage. Weather and system permitting, Trico plans to transfer from the generator to the repaired line between 8 am and 9 am on Saturday, August 1. In the event we are unable to make the transition during this time, we plan to complete the work on Sunday, August 2 between 8 am and 9 am. Members should expect an outage to occur during one of these windows.

Repair work will continue on the line that runs down the East slope of Mt. Lemmon (East Line). That work will not impact service to Summerhaven or the rest of the Mount Lemmon community. We anticipate that, weather permitting, the work on the East Line will take approximately two to three more weeks to complete based on the visible damage to the line. Work will include the use of a helicopter to deliver poles and materials to the worksites. The Forest is closed, so please stay out of the area, and please do not fly drones in the area because it can interfere with the helicopter performing work.

We understand that this has been a very stressful time for all of you, and we appreciate your patience and support as we work to repair our facilities damaged by the fire.

Please continue to look to Trico’s website ( and its social media accounts for updates. If you experience any issues or have any questions, please contact Trico Dispatch at 520-744-2944.

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JUNE 2014

Co-ops Mean 

Electric co-ops are part of the communities they serve.

Buy Solar Panels

Did you know Trico has a Sun Farm? You can purchase output of panels and get a credit on your bill.

Trico Supports 4-H

Trico is proud of its commitment to community, including our support of

Save Energy, Save Money

You're invited to Trico's free Energy Savings workshop August 23 at Trico.

As a Trico Member, YOU get the credit

Your June bill has a message about your capital credit allocation. Capital credits are one of the benefits of being a Trico Member.

Did you know when you signed up to receive electric service from Trico, you became a member of an electric cooperative? While investor-owned utilities return a portion of any profits back to their investors, electric cooperatives allocate excess revenue to Members as "capital credits."

Electric co-ops operate at cost, collecting enough money to pay operating costs, make payments on any loans and provide for emergencies. When Trico has money left over, it's allocated back to you and other Members as capital credits.


Have more questions?
Phone: 744-2944, ext. 1606

How are capital credits determined?

Your share for the preceding year is calculated based on the amount of kilowatt-hours you used and paid for. This share is called 'capital credits.'

If you move or no longer have service, Trico must have your current address in order to send you capital credit notices and refunds in the future.

All unclaimed capital credit funds are given to the Trico Foundation, which provides scholarships to Trico Members and their families living in Trico's service area.

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August 23, 2014:Free Energy Savings Workshop, 9–11 a.m., at Trico, 8600 W. Tangerine Rd. We will teach you the various ways you can save money by reducing energy usage throughout your home. There will be raffle prizes and everyone in attendance will receive a small door prize.

We've hidden three account numbers in the Livewire! Find YOUR account number to get a $20 credit on your electric bill. If you have an exact match, call 744-2944, ext. 1515.

Trico is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Trico is closed on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

President: L. Nick Buckelew,
(520) 822-2277
Vice President: Brad DeSpain,
(520) 682-3914
Secretary: Barbara Stockwell,
(520) 398-9400
Treasurer: Marsha Thompson,
(520) 648-0419
Director: Donald Black,
(520) 572-1711
Director: Lawrence Hinchliffe,
(520) 867-8073
Director: Jim Pyers,
(520) 577-2492

CEO/General Manager: Vin Nitido
Editor: Romi Carrell Wittman
Writer: Monica Pugno

Copies of Trico's rules, regulations, bylaws and line extension policies are available upon request.

Trico Electric Cooperative
8600 W. Tangerine Rd.
Marana, AZ 85658
(520) 744-2944 (866) 337-2052

Trico Electric Cooperative, Inc., is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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Vin Ninito

Vin Nitido,
Trico GM and CEO




'Concern for Community' — It's a cooperative core principle and it's one of the things I like most about electric co-op.

The number one priority of electric co-ops everywhere is delivering safe, affordable and reliable to power to those we serve. But, co-ops also have a mission to support and contribute to the development of our communities. Electric co-ops are friends and neighbors first, electric providers second.

Trico's concern for community takes many forms. From our POWER Grant program which funds local service agencies, to scholarships, to charitable giving and volunteering, Trico aims to be involved at multiple levels in all of the communities we serve.

Since 2008, Trico's POWER Grant program has awarded $240,000 to local service agencies that provide critical services to those in need.

Trico is also actively involved in our local schools. This past spring, we brought the Junior Achievement financial literacy program to Desert Winds Elementary in the Marana Unified School District, a first for the district. Last fall, Trico brought Desert Museum scientists to the Altar Valley School District. They created a comprehensive, hands-on life science curriculum for kids in Pre-K and 6th grade, giving these kids valuable Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) skills.

Trico and its employees are also active supporters of the United Way, both with their donations and in volunteering their time to better our community. Last October, some 10 Trico employees spent their Saturday sprucing up an early education center in Sahuarita as part of the annual United Way Days of Caring.

Over the past 19 years, Trico Charitable Trust has given more than $650,000 to needy individuals and social service agencies serving our community. The Trico Foundation has awarded some $1.8 million in scholarships to 463 college-bound students since 1985.

I'm proud to be a part of the electric co-op family and believe strongly in our mission. I'm also proud of Trico and its deep ties to its people, and look forward to continuing and expanding our great tradition of community service.

Trico Members who use the Co-op Connections Card receive $10 off any service call at Spartan Plumbing. Spartan Plumbing, in business since 1987, offers a full array of plumbing packages, including sinks, plumbing fixtures, water heaters, water softeners and water filters. Learn more at For a list of local businesses offering discounts to Trico Members, visit
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Sun Reflecting Solar PanelHave you wanted to install solar panels on your home, but can't, either because the overall system cost is too high, because you're a renter or because a solar installation just won't work for your home?

The Trico Sun Farm enables you to go 'green' in an easier way.

Trico Members can purchase the output of the panels in quarter, half and full-panel increments. They receive a credit on their bill reflecting the energy generated by the panels. Prices are:

$920 for a full panel
$460 for a half panel
$230 for a quarter panel

The payback of Sun Farm panels is similar to that of traditional rooftop systems. Best of all, Trico operates and maintains the panels, and there is no degradation in output for the Member. The Sun Farm, built in 2011 with a 21st Century Grant of nearly $1 million, generates enough energy to power more than 35 homes each year. In April, the Trico Sun Farm generated 38,445 kWh saving Trico Members more than $1,500.

Go to to learn more and to download an application. Or, call 744-2944, x1524.

To purchase panels, go to



Donovin Salazar shows off his prized pig at the 2014 Pima
County Fair. Trico has a long tradition of supporting 4-H.

One of the core principles of a cooperative is Concern for Community.

For 37 years, Trico has been buying livestock at the Pima County Fair to support 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FAA).
"Trico is proud to support 4-H," Trico GM and CEO Vin Nitido said. "We believe it's important to sponsor and promote the values that 4-H stands for."
4-H is a youth organization with the mission of engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development. The name represents four personal development areas of focus for the organization: head, heart, hands, and health.
For more information about 4-H, visit Trico has a long tradition of supporting 4-H.

Curtains, blinds, and shades are cost-effective ways to make your windows and home more energy efficient. Proper weather stripping and caulking around window panes and casings will also improve the function of your windows by keeping the cool air in and the hot air out. Solar film applied to your home's existing windows will further repel the summer heat. Visit for more energy efficiency tips.

Trico Electric is an Equal Opportunity Provider & Employer.
Si necesita esta información en español, por favor llame al (520) 744-2944 para ayuda.


TOLL-FREE: (866) 337-2052

FAX: (520) 547-0369


Trico Electric Cooperative
8600 W. Tangerine Rd.
Marana, AZ 85658

Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8 AM - 4:30 PM