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5 Ways to Help You Save on Your Summer Energy Bill

5 ways that can help you save energy, money, and increase the comfort of your home. These tips can help decrease your utility bill.


Planting Trees and Bushes for Energy Efficiency

Careful planning can lead to a beautiful, safe, energy saving landscape.  Spring and summer are opportune times for yard work and DIY projects. Making improvements to your landscaping can provide valuable shade and promote better efficiency, lowering your summer energy bills. Large deciduous (leaf-shedding) trees planted on the east, west, and northwest sides of your…

Snake River Dam

Federal Hydro System Powers Region Through Arctic Blast

Federal dams were operating at levels not seen since the age of aluminum smelters in the Northwest and were key to keeping the lights on.

Map showing six district boundaries in blocks.

Seeking Candidates for Board Districts 7 and 8

Benton REA is seeking candidates for Board Districts 7 and 8.


You Have the Power to Care

In September 2020, Benton REA launched the Power to Care bill assistance program. Now, the program has helped income-qualified members pay nearly $85,000 in past-due bills. Donating to the Fund Each month, 744 Benton REA members choose to round up their electric bill to the nearest dollar or more. Since 2020, members have donated $57,464.14.…

Andrew Gould

Benton REA Hires Andrew Gould as VP of Engineering & Operations

Benton REA is pleased to announce the hiring of Andrew W. Gould, P.E. as Benton REA’s Vice President of Engineering and Operations. As a third-generation engineer, Gould brings 12 years of experience in the utility industry. He has dedicated his career to the safe and reliable transmission and distribution of electricity and communications while striving…

A woman and cat sit on a couch with a blanket. A space heater is on in front of them.

Are Portable Space Heaters Efficient?

Small space heaters are meant to do exactly as their name says: heat a small space. Unfortunately, many people use portable space heaters to heat their entire home, which takes a toll on their energy bills. Whether you should use space heaters depends on your home’s efficiency and energy needs. If you’re using a space…

A mother, son, father and daughter sit at a couch looking at a map for their family emergency plan. Emergency supplies and food are on the coffee table. Backpacks and clothes are on the couch and floor.

Be A Fam With A Plan

It’s not pleasant to think about worst-case scenarios, but a little planning can make a big difference if the worst happens. Follow these tips to avoid feeling helpless during a disaster. Before Communicate:  Talk with your family about who to call, where to go and what to do if disaster strikes.  Educate: Plan different strategies…

Benton REA Lineworkers prepare to set a new power pole. Photo by David Herder.

A Day on the Lines

Benton REA Line crews work hard day and night to keep the lights on Story and photos by David Herder As the Benton Rural Electric Association lineworkers arrive to their worksite on a late February morning, the poles they plan to raise are covered in snow. For the past week, foreman Chris Hill and his…

Map of Benton REA Purchased Property in West Richland (Keene Road and Cooperative Way))

Benton REA Buys Land for New Administration Building in West Richland

Electric prices will not increase due to phased construction schedule.  After years of research, the Benton REA Board of Trustees approved the purchase of 17.79 acres on Keene Road in West Richland in December 2021. The land will be home to a new Benton REA administration building, with room to add operations facilities, truck bays…