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Manager’s Message – January 2019

Dear Members, I’m pleased to announce that on October 31, 2018, the Benton REA Board of Trustees appointed Benton REA member Ron Johnson to fill the District 4 trustee position left vacant when former Trustee and Secretary of the Board Mark Platt, retired from the board in June. Ron and his wife, Karen, recently moved…

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Manager’s Message – December 2018

Dear Members, Issuing capital credit retirements has been a favorite holiday tradition at Benton REA. Many of you will receive a check from Benton REA this month. To date, Benton REA has returned more than $12 Million back to its members. Capital credits can be a confusing topic. This is why we’ve explained them in…

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Manager’s Message – November 2018

Dear Members, This month, which includes the Veterans Day holiday, we are reminded of the many Veterans who have fought for our freedom. Because of the sacrifices of our nation’s veterans, and the unheralded sacrifice of military families, we have the freedom of speech, freedom of religion and the freedom to live, work and play…

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Manager’s Message – October 2018

Dear Members, For some of us, it wasn’t long ago that we can remember life without the internet. My fourteen and fifteen year-old grandsons don’t have these same memories since they have never known life without advanced technology and instant access to any piece of information they desire. I am thankful for the ability to…

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Manager’s Message – September 2018

Dear Members, I’m inviting you to join me and some of the Benton REA staff at the RiverFest 2018 event, a festival showcasing all the benefits of our local rivers and hydrosystem. RiverFest will be held Saturday, September 8, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the east end of Columbia Park in Kennewick. Tri-Cities area…

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Manager’s Message – August 2018

Dear Members, An exciting opportunity is available to you this month. I’d like to personally invite you to participate in Benton REA’s first community solar project! Co-op Solar is a 30.12 kW solar array that will be funded by Benton REA members and built on Van Giesen Street across from Benton REA’s West Richland office,…

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Manager’s Message – July 2018

Dear Members, Since April 3, water that could be producing electricity has been spilling over eight Snake and Columbia River dams because a judge in Oregon hopes to improve salmon survival rates. Benton REA’s largest power provider, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), sells excess power generated in the spring to keep electric rates low. Without…

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Manager’s Message – June 2018

Dear Members, The dams have been on my mind lately. A court-ordered spill over the four Snake River dams began on April 3rd and will continue through June. The Columbia River dams followed soon after in a test that hopes to boost the already extremely high survival rate (92-96%) of salmon returning to the ocean.…

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Manager’s Message – May 2018

Dear Members, I had the privilege of speaking on a panel about engaging members’ trust at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Annual Meeting in February. I am honored to have been asked by NRECA to participate in their Annual Meeting, and I’m very proud of Benton REA for being recognized as one of…

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Manager’s Message – April 2018

Dear Members, February was a busy month for Benton REA. We not only held our 81st Annual Meeting, but several Benton REA staff and Trustees visited Olympia to meet with our local state representatives and senators. I want to thank them for all the hard work they do to represent local people in their districts.…