Manager’s Messages

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Manager’s Message – July 2020, Summer Electrical Safety

Dear Members, Electrical safety is immensely important to me and to Benton REA. As you enjoy the beautiful summer weather, please remember and follow these simple, life-saving tips: Look up and live! Be aware of overhead power lines—especially when carrying long items like ladders or irrigation pipes. Stay away from downed power lines. Always assume…

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Manager’s Message – June 2020, Annual Meeting Update

Dear Members, 2020 has brought both challenges and opportunities for Benton REA. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to be more flexible in our operating procedures and in future Benton REA events. But we look forward with hope as we power on. Annual Meeting Update Our 2020 Annual Meeting is scheduled for July 18 in…

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Manager’s Message – May 2020, Power On

Dear Members, We’re living in unprecedented times right now. Benton REA remains committed to providing reliable electricity and internet services during the COVID-19 outbreak. We are working hard for you. We know many of you can’t work right now, and your jobs or businesses have been hit hard. I want you to know that we’re…

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Manager’s Message – April 2020, Time to Save the Dams

Dear Members, There’s still time to help save the lower Snake River dams. In fact, it’s the only time we can have a voice in the debate. A 45-day public comment period is currently open on the court-ordered draft environmental impact statement. It’s critical that supporters of the lower Snake River dams voice their opinions…

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Manager’s Message – March 2020, Concern for Community

Dear Members, When our community needed electricity, citizens came together to form a cooperative and make a the community better. Since 1937, Benton REA has helped improve the quality of life for our members through reliable electricity and concern for the community. Benton REA recently hosted blood drives at our offices with huge success and…

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Manager’s Message – February 2020

Dear Members, In the next few months the US. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Bonneville Power Administration is expected to release the draft Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act on the coordinated water management function for operation, maintenance and configuration of the 14 federal dam…

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Manager’s Message – January 2020

Dear Members, We are all aware of the extreme inconvenience that surfaces when our power goes out. That is why electric system reliability is one of the essential priorities for any electric utility to be successful in its mission to provide the best possible service to its consumers. I am proud to say from 2014…

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Manager’s Message – December 2019

Dear Members, Christmas is almost here, and with it comes the newest tech gadgets and toys. Benton REA is proud to not only provide the reliable electricity those new devices need for power, but also the internet connection they need to function. Benton REA’s PowerNET is a full-service internet provider and network integrator, providing unique,…

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Manager’s Message – November 2019

Dear Members, You pay your electricity bill every month, and more than likely, you think, “That’s done.” But the truth is, we’re more than just a utility provider. Everyone at Benton REA is committed to building even stronger connections with you and the local communities we serve. But we can’t do this without your feedback.…

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Manager’s Message – October 2019

Dear Members, While the next presidential election isn’t until 2020, there are many state and local elections between now and then that have a major impact on life in our local communities. That’s why I encourage you to vote on or before November 3 in the general elections for your county, city, port, judicial district…