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David Hanson, executive director, and Ken Trainor, director of operations for Sunrise Outreach Center food banks accept a check for $3,000 from Benton REA Board President Connie Krull (center).

Benton REA Donates $15K to Local Food Banks

Fifteen thousand dollars is helping feed local families thanks to Benton REA and matching funds from CoBank, one of the utility’s lenders. Benton REA received a $7,500 matching grant from the CoBank Sharing Success program. Together, the $15,000 donation will help families through three organizations within the Benton REA member service area. Nine thousand dollars…

A woman adjusts a thermostat that currently reads 78 degrees Fahrenheit

Potential Capacity Shortage: Members are asked to conserve energy during heat wave

Benton REA is asking members to conserve their use of electricity during these extreme high temperatures. The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), which supplies power for Benton REA and other local utilities, has informed Benton REA that the extreme heat is putting record demand on its system. BPA says if demand for electricity continues to increase,…

Snake River Sockeye

Anti-Hydro Narrative Misses the Big Picture of Climate Change, Equity and Salmon

I recently participated in a panel for the CleanTech Alliance on the future of the lower Snake River dams. The panelists had diverse viewpoints, which is a good thing. However, one statement by a co-panelist who advocates for breaching the Snake dams struck me as particularly important. She said, “It’s not like we’re talking about…

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Get Paid Your Way: New Options for Ownership Credits

Benton REA has made it easier and more convenient than ever to get paid your ownership credits. Members can now receive their Benton REA capital (ownership) credit payments as an electric bill credit. By purchasing electricity from Benton REA, you are a member-owner. Your ownership is reflected in credits allocated to you based on the…

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Are You Satisfied?

For some members, the chance to let us know is coming soon. If you are one of the randomly selected Benton REA members to receive our 2021 survey postcard this month, please take 10 minutes to answer our questions. Each year, Benton REA seeks to understand our members’ satisfaction with the cooperative, in order to…

a mother and her child, about 10 months old, pose for a photo on a path with tall grass on either side of them

Benton REA Members Pay Neighbors’ Electricity Bills

Benton REA members who need assistance paying past-due electric bills may qualify for help from fellow co-op members through the Power to Care program. To receive Power to Care funds, you must: Be a residential member of Benton REA, Have a past due balance on your electric account, or have received a electric disconnection notice,…

Electric vehicle Level 2 charging stations can be installed inside or outside a home. This one is installed outside. Register your electric vehicle with Benton REA before you install a Level 2 charger and receive $100

Register Your EV, Get $100

Benton REA members can receive up to $100 from Benton REA toward the purchase of an electric vehicle when they register them with the co-op. Members will receive $100 for electric vehicles purchased before a Level 2 charger has been installed in their homes or businesses where the vehicles will be charged. Members can receive…

Benton REA Board District Map

Nominations Open for District 7, 8 Trustees

Benton REA is governed by eight trustees who each represent a district of members. Trustees are elected by members to serve a three-year term. In 2021, the incumbent Benton REA trustees whose terms expire are Connie Krull, District 7; and Catherine Russell, District 8. Qualified members can be placed on the ballot as candidates for…

Benton Rural Electric Association 2021 Scholarship Recipients: Peter Hale, Aspen Peters, Scott Barfuss, Jazzell Tovar, Brad Dowson

2021 Scholarship Recipients

Benton REA is proud to announce the 2021 recipients of the cooperative’s continuing education scholarships: Peter Hale of Benton City, son of Joseph and Laurie Hale. Aspen Peters of Prosser, daughter of Troy and Shauna Peters. Scott Barfuss of West Richland, son of Brad and Katie Barfuss. Jazzell Tovar of Prosser, daughter of Angel and…

2019 Benton REA Fuel Mix Pie Chart: 72.99% Hydropower, 16.96% Unspecified, 10.05% Nuclear

2019 Benton REA Fuel Mix Report

How Benton REA members’ electricity is generated, as reported in the Washington State Department of Commerce 2019 Electric Utility Fuel Mix Disclosure Report 72.99% Hydropower 16.96% Unspecified 10.05% Nuclear About the Washington State Electric Utilities Fuel Mix The objective of the fuel mix disclosure is to inform customers and policymakers about the characteristics of the…