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$3,500 Special Rebate Nissan Leaf Flyer

$3,500 EV Offer Expires April 1

As part of its effort to accelerate electric vehicle transportation alternatives across the United States, Nissan North America Inc., is offering eligible Touchstone Energy Cooperative member organizations such as Benton REA a special incentive toward the purchase of the all-new, 100 percent electric Nissan Leaf. With each qualified purchase, eligible buyers can receive a $3,500…

Benton REA Board District Map

Trustee Districts 1, 2, 3 Open for Nominations

Benton REA is governed by eight trustees who each represent a district of members. These trustees are elected by you—our members—to serve a three-year term. In 2019, the three incumbent trustees up for election include Buddy Treadway, District 1; Mike Freepons, District 2; and Bob Evans, District 3. Represent Your District on the Board Any…

Benton REA’s Troy Berglund, community development and member relations manager, in Olympia with City of West Richland Public Works Director Roscoe Slade, Senator Sharon Brown and West Richland Mayor Brent Gerry

Serving You in Olympia and D.C.

Benton REA is active in the state legislature and U.S. Congress to ensure laws passed will benefit members and keep electricity affordable The Washington State Legislature is in session, and Benton REA is working to protect the interests of its members. Troy Berglund, community development and member relations manager, recently visited Olympia where he met…

Benton REA's 2017 Fuel Mix Pie Chart

Benton REA Fuel Mix Report

Benton REA Fuel Mix Report – 2017 Data How your electricity is generated, as reported in the Washington State Department of Commerce 2017 Electric Utility Fuel Mix Disclosure Report. 86.82% Hydropower 8.36% Nuclear 2.47% Natural Gas 1.90% Coal 0.24% Biomass 0.13% Other Non-Biogenic 0.08% Petroleum In 2017, Benton REA bought the majority of its electricity…

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Sign up for Class on Saving Energy

Sign up for Class on Saving Energy If you want to lower your monthly energy use and be entered to win a $100 credit on your next electric bill, sign up for Benton REA’s upcoming energy conservation class Thursday, February 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Benton REA West Richland Community Room (6095…

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Look Out for Scams

Look Out for Scams Unfortunately in today’s world, scams are inevitable. Scammers can threaten you with everything from legal action involving the IRS to turning off power to your home. Utility scams often involve an individual or group posing as an employee of your electric cooperative. The scammer may use threatening language to frighten you…

District 4 Welcomes New Trustee

District 4 Welcomes New Trustee

The Benton REA members of District 4 are represented by a new Trustee. Ron Johnson was appointed to the Benton REA Board of Trustees on October 31, 2018, to fill the position left vacant when Mark Platt retired in June. Ron moved to his home in West Richland after retiring as Fire Captain from the…

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Giving Back to Co-op Members – Capital Credits Mailed in December

Check your mailbox this month because you may receive a check from Benton REA. When you signed up to receive electric service from Benton REA you became a member-owner in the equity of the cooperative. Other businesses return profits to investors and stakeholders. Benton REA is different. We belong to the communities we serve, so…

City of West Richland employees accept a rebate from Benton REA. Left to Right: Dustin Miller, wastewater treatment plant operator; Tony Simon, energy smart industrial partner with Cascade Engineering; Roscoe Slade, public works director; Mayor Brent Gerry; Troy Berglund, community development and member relations manager with Benton REA; Randy Paulson, sewer operations supervisor and Michael Maier, wastewater treatment plant operator.

City of West Richland Saves $41K with Energy Efficiency

In two years, the City of West Richland saved $41,092 and reduced their energy use by 637,450 kilowatt hours at its Wastewater Treatment Plant, earning them an additional incentive from the Benton Rural Electric Association. Most of the savings were achieved by installing equipment on existing HVAC units and aeration and blower controls which provides…

Cover Image of the 2019 Ruralite Calendar

Where’s My Calendar?

1,000 copies of Ruralite’s 2019 calendar are available to be picked up at either Benton REA office located in Prosser or West Richland. To save on the cost of printing and mailing a calendar to every Benton REA member, Benton REA’s member services department chose to not insert calendars into Ruralite magazines this year. By…