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Randy Suess, Inland Power & Light; Troy Berglund, Benton REA; Rep. Dan Newhouse and Danny Lee, Inland Power & Light

Talking Co-ops in Washington, D.C.

Talking Co-ops in Washington, D.C. Troy Berglund, community development and member relations manager, traveled to Washington, D.C., in April for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Legislative Conference. While there, he and other Washington electric cooperative employees met with legislators to discuss the needs of co-op members. During their meetings with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers…

Benton REA linemen pose for a photo in front of their trucks

The Dedication of an Electric Lineworker

April 18 is Lineworker Appreciation Day National studies consistently rank power-line installers and repairers among the most dangerous jobs in the country, and for good reason. Laboring high in the air, wearing heavy equipment and working directly with high voltage electricity creates the perfect storm of a dangerous and unforgiving profession. But electric lineworkers are…

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Stop by for a Cookie on Our Birthday

On Friday, April 19, any member who visits the Prosser or West Richland Benton REA office can enjoy cookies and coffee as we celebrate 82 years of member-owned cooperative service. On April 19, 1937, Benton REA was born. Our original mission was to bring affordable, reliable electricity to the rural residents of Benton County. The…

(ORLANDO, FL)-- 2019 NRECA Annual Meeting --International Lunch -- Chris Hamon, right, presents International Award to Chuck Dawsey, former CEO Benton REA and former NRECA director from Washington.

Former General Manager Wins International Award

Retired Benton REA General Manager Chuck Dawsey was the 2018 recipient of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association International Award. “We are joined together with a common goal to help others, to improve lives, to strengthen communities and to find a better way through electrification,” Chuck said as he received the award at the 2019…

Nathan Shibley and Michelle Bolling

Benton REA Sends Students to Washington, D.C.

Two Hanford High sophomores will visit the nation’s capital in June on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Nathan Shibley and Michelle Bolling will represent Benton REA on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Electric Cooperative Youth Tour June 13-20, 2019. The Hanford high school sophomores were selected by a committee of Benton REA…

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Trustee Districts 1, 2, 3 Open for Nominations

Benton REA is governed by eight trustees who each represent a district of members. These trustees are elected by you—our members—to serve a three-year term. In 2019, the three incumbent trustees up for election include Buddy Treadway, District 1; Mike Freepons, District 2; and Bob Evans, District 3. Represent Your District on the Board Any…

District 4 Welcomes New Trustee

District 4 Welcomes New Trustee

The Benton REA members of District 4 are represented by a new Trustee. Ron Johnson was appointed to the Benton REA Board of Trustees on October 31, 2018, to fill the position left vacant when Mark Platt retired in June. Ron moved to his home in West Richland after retiring as Fire Captain from the…

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Think your vote doesn’t count? Think again! Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.” Benton REA would like to add, “The future of rural America is in the hands of the rural American voter.” On November 6, 34 U.S. Senate seats and…

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Nominate Someone Who Powers You to Win $5,000

Benton REA, in partnership with Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, is pleased to announce the third annual #WhoPowersYou Contest, honoring local heroes. It’s a chance for Benton REA members and employees to nominate someone who’s making a difference in our community, and an opportunity to celebrate the power of human connections. In addition to being nationally recognized,…

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Cooperatives See the Future – October is Co-op Month

Dramatic changes are transforming all aspects of the energy industry. Interest in renewable energy is at an all-time high. Consumers want greater control over their energy use and payment methods. The prevalence of “smart” technology for the home is increasing, and consumers and businesses are showing greater interest in electric vehicles. There’s no denying it:…