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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:…

The 2018 Washington state delegates met Senator Maria Cantwell in Washington, D.C. on the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Pictured left to right, Taylor Smith of West Richland, Cantwell, Tashi Simpson, Israel Poulson, Talmage Hales and Joshua Cahoon of West Richland.

Co-op Seeks Youth Tour Delegates

Students wishing to attend the 2019 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., have until November 30 to apply. Benton REA will select two area high school students to represent the cooperative on this all-expenses-paid trip of a lifetime. The trip will begin June 13 and end June 20, 2019. Winners will travel with students…

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See You At RiverFest – Sept. 8

Admission is free to this fun, family-friendly event being held Saturday, September 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the east end of Columbia Park in Kennewick. Benton REA has joined other local utilities, businesses, community organizations and people of all walks of life throughout the region to host RiverFest 2018. RiverFest 2018, a fun…

Benton REA Board President Mike Freepons digs a hole with 5 students to plant a tree

6th Graders and Benton REA Plant Trees for Cleaner Air

Future students, parents and visitors of Leona Libby Middle School track events will breathe easier and stay cooler under four new trees planted by students and Benton REA trustees. This spring, students in Mrs. Debbie Ellefson’s 6th grade science classes researched the causes of climate change and the effects of added carbon dioxide in the…

Kevin Kellogg and Kay Johnson stand in front of a meter reader vehicle

Benton REA Welcomes New Meter Reader in West Richland

This month, West Richland residents will welcome a new meter reader and say goodbye to a long-time friend. C. K. “Kaye” Johnson has read Benton REA’s electric meters in West Richland since her daughter was just one year old. Tiffney is now 27 years old. In recent years, Tiffney and her brother, Brad, have read…

Senator Sharon Brown with Platt, Bradshaw, Berglund, and Feepons

Co-ops at the Table in Olympia

Collectively, Benton REA members are represented by four state senators and eight representatives. In February, several Benton REA trustees and staff members visited the state capitol to meet these representatives and discuss the issues that impact Benton REA and its members. Benton REA’s top legislative priority positions include carbon policy, local control and rural broadband.…