Manager’s Messages

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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…

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Manager’s Message – September 2019

Dear Members, Were you one of the 3,000-plus people who attended RiverFest in 2018? If so, we welcome you back in 2019. If not, you won’t want to miss it this year. RiverFest is a free, fun and educational family event. The exhibitors, vendors and entertainment will showcase all the benefits of the Federal Columbia…

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Manager’s Message – August 2019

Dear Members, This summer, the boards of Benton REA and its public power neighbors—Benton PUD, Franklin PUD and the City of Richland Energy Services—unanimously passed resolutions supporting the Columbia River Power System and the four Lower Snake River dams. Read the full resolution at BentonREA.org/energy-in-legislation. Eighty-seven percent of the electricity delivered to Benton REA members…

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Manager’s Message – July 2019

Dear Members, Co-ops exist to serve their members and the community. That’s why I can speak for all Benton REA employees by saying, “We work for you.” Benton REA’s employees work week after week with you—the members—in mind. Every detail of providing electricity as well as internet and technology services to you is done with…

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Manager’s Message – June 2019

Dear Members, If you’ve read through this issue of Ruralite, you may be wondering, “Why does Benton REA host an annual meeting?” The answer lies within our core foundation: the Seven Cooperative Principles. Because Benton REA is a member-owned cooperative, you have a say in how your co-op is run. This is the second cooperative…

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Manager’s Message – May 2019

42 Million Strong Dear Members, Benton REA is a member of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), a national trade organization representing more than 900 electric cooperatives. You’re not only a member of Benton REA, you’re part of a 42-million-strong network of co-op members. We may seem like a small utility, but we are…

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Manager’s Message – April 2019

Celebrate These April Dates Dear Members, April typically isn’t a month full of holidays. But at Benton REA, April is a month worth celebrating. Every day I am thankful for Benton REA’s employees, but on April 18, I especially appreciate our lineworkers. Lineworker Appreciation Daycelebrates the men and women who power our nation. They work…