Manager’s Messages

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Choose How Benton REA Pays You – July 2021

Dear Members, Did you know that Benton REA pays its members? It’s the cooperative difference and something we’re incredibly proud of. By purchasing electricity from Benton REA, you are also a member-owner. Your ownership is reflected in what we call ownership credits. These ownership credits are allocated to you based on the amount of electricity…

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Stocking the Energy Pantry – June 2021

Dear Members, After spring planting, we make sure our vegetables, grain and fruit have enough water and sunshine throughout the heat of summer so we can harvest and store our bounty to use throughout the year. Similarly with electricity, hydropower gives us the ability to store and meet energy demand year-round. Hydropower acts as our…

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Reflect and Honor – May 2021

Dear Members, While enjoying the warmer weather and the start of summer festivities, I hope you will join me in pausing to reflect on the sacrifices of our country’s veterans and their families. I am especially thankful for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy our freedoms. In the words of John…

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Lineworker Appreciation Month – April 2021

Dear Members, If you were asked to associate a person with Benton REA, I bet you would picture a lineworker. Some of the most visible employees of the co-op, lineworkers work tirelessly to ensure that you—our members—receive uninterrupted power 24/7. Lineworker is listed as one of the 10 most dangerous jobs in the U.S. This…

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Idaho: Another Threat to the Lower Snake River Dams – March 2021

Dear Members, We’re about to enter another battle between hydropower and fish. Sadly, there doesn’t need to be a war. Fish and dams are coexisting. Yet, some disagree. In an attempt to avoid the continuation of court battles over the lower Snake River dams, U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho has a plan to breach…

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Look Up and Live – February 2021

Dear Members, Electrical safety is immensely important to me and to Benton REA, especially as we look forward to the spring planting season. Whether you are working in your back yard or responsible for a large agriculture operation, it is important to be aware of power lines near you—both above and underground. Taking a few…

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New Year, New Projects – Manager’s Message – January 2021

Dear Members, 2021 is going to be a year for growth. Benton REA will be working on some very significant projects in 2021 that will enhance our electrical distribution system. The improvements will help us add new members to our lines and enhance the reliability of electric service to our current members in these project…

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Giving Back to Our Community – Manager’s Message – December 2020

Dear Members, Over the years, you have probably heard or read about Benton REA’s concern for our community. This is one of the core principles that sets cooperatives apart from other types of utilities. We take this mission and responsibility to heart. It’s who we are as a co-op. Throughout the past year, like so…

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Manager’s Message – November 2020, A Bright Future Thanks to Our Veterans and Youth

Dear Members, I agree with the adage, “freedom is not free.” Generations of American men and women risked, and gave their lives over the years serving in the U.S. military so that friends, family and complete strangers could remain free and safe. These amazing patriots gave up their time and energy, and postponed their personal…

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Manager’s Message – October 2020, Dam Support, Annual Meeting Invitation

Dear Members, In April, many of you chose to stand up for our lower Snake River hydroelectric dams. We received 173 letters from Benton REA members which we mailed to the federal agencies drafting the Columbia River system Operations (CRSO) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). They received more than 56,000 comments and released a final EIS…