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Meet Your 2020 Trustee Election Candidates

Mail-in ballots due July 10 for districts 4, 5 and 6 Members who live in districts 4, 5 and 6 will receive a ballot in June for the trustee election. Each membership receives one vote. Members may submit their vote by returning a completed ballot in the postage-paid envelope provided with the mailing. Mailed ballots…

VJ Meadows, executive director, and Howard Rickard, board president of the Tri-Cities Food Bank accept a check for $12,000 from Benton REA Board President Mike Freepons.

Benton REA Donates $20K to Local Food Banks

Twenty thousand dollars is feeding local families thanks to Benton REA and matching funds from CoBank, one of the utility’s lenders. Benton REA received a $10,000 matching grant from the CoBank Sharing Success program. Together, the $20,000 donation will help families through three organizations within the Benton REA member service area, based on the number…

An Apprentice Lineworker donates blood at the Benton REA West Richland Office in 2019

Sign Up for June 30 Blood Drive

A blood drive is scheduled for June 30 at the Benton REA West Richland office at 6095 W. Van Giesen St. According to the American Red Cross, thousands of blood drives were cancelled this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including one of Benton REA’s drives in March due to the temporary office closure. The…

Benton REA and Benton PUD line crews replace a power pole at 5 a.m.

All in a Night’s Work

Around 5 a.m. Sunday, May 3, Foreman Lineworker Jeff Ripplinger snapped a photo of the long-awaited sunrise, signaling not the beginning of the workday, but nearing the end. He and his crew got a call shortly after 11 p.m. the night before that a Benton PUD 115 kilovolt transmission line power pole was on fire…

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Tips for Entertaining Kids During Social Distancing

Social Distancing can be hard on anyone, but it is especially challenging for young kids and their parents. What can you do when school is out, and you need to stay at home? Here are some tips on how you can destroy boredom and keep your kids entertained.  Keep Them Moving Kids need to exercise.…

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11 Ways to Avoid Feeling Cooped-Up

Let’s face it, one of the perks of working is getting to leave the familiar confines of our home. Whether you’ve been laid off, working fewer hours, or now working from home you may be starting to feel the inevitable boredom. Here are some tips on what you can do to avoid the dreaded “Cabin…

2020 Scholarship Winners

2020 Scholarship Recipients

Six graduating high school students will receive continuing education scholarships from Benton REA this fall. Five seniors were awarded an $8,000 Benton REA academic scholarship to aid with their college or university tuition. One student received Benton REA’s $4,000 Trade and Technical scholarship to be used at a trade or vocational school. Each year, when…

Darigold's energy teams accepts a rebate check for $45,000. Left to Right: John Kohis, Greg Lommers, Hannah Hull, Martin Alaniz, Troy Berglund, Tom Rouleau, Travis Street, Andrew Duim and Kathy Hoag. Not Pictured: Tim Voegtle, Brian Fox, Maurice Kehoe, Phil Grant, Danielle Summers, Joe Arnold and Joey Parrish.

Darigold Achieves Energy Savings and $45,000 Rebate

Since 2011, Darigold Sunnyside has improved efficiencies so much they’re saving more than 12 million kilowatt hours of energy each year. That’s enough to power 665 average residential homes. Darigold’s most recent energy-efficiency project earned the farmer-owned dairy co-op a $45,000 rebate from Benton REA. The project included installation of new pumps, fans, heat exchangers,…

2020 Youth Tour Delegates, Canon Briggs (West Richland) and Megan Aichele (Benton City)

Local Students Selected for Electric Cooperative Youth Tour

This summer, Megan Aichele and Canon Briggs will represent Benton REA as a part of the 2020 Electric Cooperatives Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. These young women will travel to the nation’s capital June 17-24 with about 30 students from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. During their trip, they will visit national monuments and memorials,…

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DIY: Energy-Efficiency Class

Learn easy ways to save energy and money on January 16 If you want to lower your monthly energy use and don’t know where to start, Benton REA’s energy-efficiency class is for you. Sign up for our next class on Thursday, January 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Benton REA West Richland Community…