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Renewable Energy

Lower Monumental Dam

Electric rates remain stable

On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, a news reporter incorrectly stated that Benton REA will raise rates $10 per member to cover the cost of the spill over the Columbia and Snake River dams. Benton REA will NOT be raising rates due to the 2018 spill. In April 2018, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) was ordered…

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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…

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Co-op Solar Sells Out in 8 Days

On Monday, August 13, just eight days after members were able to enroll in Co-op Solar, the project sold out! “We are pleased with the response from our members,” said Troy Berglund, community development and member relations manager. “Our members obviously feel that solar energy is a worthwhile investment.” All 550 solar units were snatched up…

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Benton REA Hosts Community Solar Classes

Join your neighbors at Benton REA’s upcoming Cooperative Solar class or online webinars to learn how you can help bring community solar to West Richland. This summer, Benton REA members can participate in the co-op’s first community solar project. Enrollment opens Monday, August 6, 2018, for 550 solar blocks in a 30 kW array to…