About AMPS in Arizona
The Fort Mojave Indian Tribe (FMIT) is one of only a handful of tribes in the United States that have established a tribally owned-and-operated electric and natural gas utility. AHA MACAV POWER SERVICE (AMPS) was incorporated under a Tribal Charter authorized by the Fort Mojave Tribal Council in July 1991. The Charter enumerates the purpose and powers of AMPS, its initial assets, and the makeup of the AMPS Board of Directors. Starting from one installed meter in 1991, the company grew to approximately 1,000 in 2007.
AMPS provides electrical power service to homes and businesses located within the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation, which stretches along the Colorado River in the area where California, Nevada, and Arizona meet. Additionally, the company is a provider of natural gas for the Avi Resort and Casino and the Mojave Crossing Events Center.
AMPS has transmission interconnections with WAPA, SWTCo, and UniSource. The utility has a staff that includes highly trained line-workers who install, operate, and maintain our transmission and distribution lines. These line-workers are critical for maintaining a high level of reliability and are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.
In May 2008, AMPS completed the engineering, procurement, construction, and energization of a new interconnection with the City of Needles. This project enhances the reliability of transmission service to this city. The project has been made possible through a unique partnership between the Federal Government, WAPA, the City of Needles, Fort Mojave Indian Tribe, and AMPS.