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A screenshot of the charger finder map at www.BentonREA.org/EV. It shows multiple pins at Electric vehicle charging stations from Yakima, Washington, to Tri-Cities.

BentonREA.org/EV Makes Finding an EV Charger Easy

Did you know there are more than 30 public electric vehicle charging stations between Pasco and Yakima? You can find any public charging station in the country at www.BentonREA.org/EV. Click the “Charger Finder” tab and search by zip code, type of charger and type of connector. If you’re planning a longer trip, the “Map a…

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Prioritize Safety Year-Round

Benton REA recognizes Electrical Safety Month every May, but it is also important to practice safety year-round.  According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, thousands of people in the U.S. are critically injured or electrocuted as a result of electrical fires and accidents in their own homes. Many of these accidents are preventable. Frayed Wires…

a boy in a plaid short sleeve shirt and a plastic safety orange hard hat stand with his hands on his hips

2022 Kids’ Electrical Safety Poster Contest

Posters are due Thursday, June 16, for this year’s Electrical Safety Poster Contest. All elementary-age children whose parents or guardians are Benton REA members with active electric accounts are eligible. Prizes will be distributed at the Benton REA Annual Meeting on Saturday, July 16, in West Richland. The following prizes will be awarded for each…

Image of a young Caucasian woman plugging together two power cords with a river flowing behind. The image is zoomed in on her hands. It symbolizes how water and hydropower powers our lives.

You Need Hyrdopower and Hydropower Needs You – Write In Today

Hydropower and many other benefits of the lower Snake River Dams are under attack. This year the voices of proponents of dam breaching are being heard by state and federal politicians. Our representatives need to hear your voice, too. Deadline Approaching to Speak Up for Hydropower A public process to determine whether there are reasonable…

eight portraits of 2022 Benton REA scholarship recipients. Text says their names and "Congratulation, 2022 Scholarship Recipients".

2022 Scholarship Recipients

Benton REA planted two threes at Wine Country RV Park on April 13 as a part of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Line USA program. Pictured from left: Brian Cramer, area utility tree coordinator; Troy Berglund, Benton REA vice president of member services; Louann Rockney, Wine Country RV Park manager; Mike Freepons, Benton REA trustee.

Benton REA Plants Trees at Wine Country RV Park

Visitors to Prosser’s Wine Country RV Park will enjoy two new trees donated by Benton REA on April 13, Washington State Arbor Day. Benton REA planted a Linden tree and a Hot Wings Maple tree because they will only grow 25 to 30 feet tall at maturity. They were planted far enough away from utility…

Benton REA employees and trustees hold Tree Line USA flag at Horn Rapids Park in 2021

Arbor Day Foundation Recognizes Benton REA as Tree Line USA Utility

Benton REA was named a 2022 Tree Line USA utility by the Arbor Day Foundation in recognition of its dedication to proper urban forest management. Tree Line USA—a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters—recognizes utilities for pursuing best practices that protect and cultivate America’s urban tree canopy. Tree…

A photo split down the middle, the left shows the back left side of an electric lineworker wearing a hard hat with a powerline in the background. The right side shows the right half of a lineworker wearing a ball cap and holding a baby girl with his home in the background. It says, "Lineworker Appreciation - We thank lineworkers for their courage and commitment to powering our community."

A Month of Appreciation

Lineworker Appreciation If you have noticed Benton REA’s line crews working on power lines and other electrical equipment, it’s no secret a lineworker’s job is tough—but it’s a job that’s essential. This month we celebrate lineworkers. The next time you see a lineworker, please thank them for the work they do to keep power flowing,…

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…

Incumbent Benton REA trustees whos terms expire are Buddy Treadway, District 1 Trustee, West Richland; Mike Freepons, District 2 Trustee Prosser Area; Bob Evans, Vice President, District 3 Trustee Horse Heaven and East Rosa

Seeking Candidates for Board Districts 1, 2, 3

In 2022, the incumbent Benton REA trustees whose terms expire are Buddy Treadway, District 1; Mike Freepons, District 2; and Bob Evans, District 3. Qualified members can be placed on the ballot as candidates for Benton REA trustee. Members interested in running for the board of trustees must call Executive Assistant Missy Jasso, at 509-786-8260…