People and Events

Inspired by a member of your co-op community? Your nominee could win up to $5,000. #WhoPowersYou

Nominate a Local Hero in National Cooperative Contest

Benton REA and Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are pleased to announce the #WhoPowersYou contest celebrating local heroes. It’s a chance for Benton REA members and employees to nominate someone making a difference in the community, and an opportunity to celebrate the power of human connections. In addition to being nationally recognized, nominees can win up to…

Property Manager Kari Kallio and Owner Don Winton accept a $80,196 window rebate from Benton REA for upgrades to the Westview Gardens Apartments in West Richland.

$80K Window Rebate Makes Energy-Efficient Upgrade Possible

If you live in or drive by Westview Garden Apartments on West Richland’s 38th Avenue, you will notice new paint and new roofs. What you cannot see is residents enjoying lower electricity bills from their new, energy-efficient windows. “The windows are awesome,” says one apartment resident. “Our electric bill is down about $30 a month…

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Donate Blood August 18 in Prosser

Benton REA and the Prosser Holiday Inn Express & Suites will cosponsor a blood drive at the hotel August 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The American Red Cross continues to monitor the situation and is committed to operating blood drives in the safest way possible. At each blood drive, Red Cross staff follow…

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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…