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A Moment of Truth for the Northwest

Northwest RiverPartners works to strike a balance between low-cost, efficient, reliable power production and protecting the essence of the Pacific Northwest By Kurt Miller I officially started at Northwest RiverPartners on March 11, 2019. Since then, I have been inspired every day by the opportunity to make a difference for people in the Northwest. It…

Ice Harbor Dam, photo courtesy of BPA

Local Utilities Support 100% Clean Energy and the Snake River Dams

Local leaders banded together to support the four hydroelectric dams on Eastern Washington’s lower Snake River and the role they play in maintaining reliable and affordable power to the state and region. The boards of Benton PUD, Franklin PUD, Benton REA and the Richland City Council unanimously approved resolutions firmly stating the removal of the…

Snake River Sockeye

Fish Facts

If you stay current with regional news you have heard many opinions about the future of Northwest salmon and steelhead. Currently, twenty 28 West Coast salmon and steelhead populations are listed under the Endangered Species Act. Many claim the federal hydroelectric dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers are solely to blame for declining populations.…

Map of USA with Average Prices for Residential Electricity by state, 2017 Figures, in cents per kWh

Washington Electricity Costs Lowest in Country

Washington state has much to tout. We are blessed to live just hours from world-famous mountains, ocean views and waterfalls. Washington is home to some of the country’s most innovative technology companies. And don’t forget to brag about the most affordable electricity in the nation. Benton REA charges residential members $0.0783 per kilowatt hour. Combining…

Benton REA's 2017 Fuel Mix Pie Chart

Benton REA Fuel Mix Report

Benton REA Fuel Mix Report – 2017 Data How your electricity is generated, as reported in the Washington State Department of Commerce 2017 Electric Utility Fuel Mix Disclosure Report. 86.82% Hydropower 8.36% Nuclear 2.47% Natural Gas 1.90% Coal 0.24% Biomass 0.13% Other Non-Biogenic 0.08% Petroleum In 2017, Benton REA bought the majority of its electricity…

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…

SOLD OUT, Co-op Solar,More Powerful Together - Photo of woman standing next to a community solar farm.

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…

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