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 has grown to approximately 1000 in 2007.
AMPS provides electric 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. AMPS has a staff which includes highly trained line workers who install, operate and maintain AMPS 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 will serve to enhance the reliability of transmission service to the City of Needles. The project has been made possible through a unique partnership between the Federal Government, WAPA, City of Needles, Fort Mojave Indian Tribe and AMPS.