Renewable Energy

Benton REA community solar panels

One Year of Community Solar

Benton REA’s community solar project went live January 2, 2019. In one year, Co-op Solar produced 41,000 kilowatt hours of electricity—enough to power two efficient, modern, all-electric, 2,000-square-foot homes for one year. Thirty-one Benton REA members invested in the project and are reaping the benefits of renewable, carbon-free energy produced in West Richland. “We thought…

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Snowpack: From Powder to Power

When you think of electricity generated from hydroelectric dams, you might first picture rushing rivers that spin giant turbines. But the story actually begins on snowcapped mountains. Hydropower is the conversion of flowing water into electricity. Hydropoweris a renewable energy source, meaning its fuel is replenished by nature—in this case, by the water cycle. The…

Two maps of pacific ocean temperatures in 2014 and 2019

Return of the ‘Blob’

Deadly marine heat wave underscores critical role of carbon-free hydropower energy Scientists have identified a new marine heat wave in the Pacific Ocean that could indicate the return of the Blob that wreaked havoc on marine life and weather systems from 2014 to 2017. The phenomenon has refocused the lens on extreme events precipitated by…

Benton REA's electric vehicle charging at a public station

An Electric Vehicle Ride-Along

Benton REA used social media to let me members follow its electric vehicle on a long trip. By Troy Berglund, community development and member relations manager at Benton REA. I love talking to our members about what they are interested in, particularly when it comes to energy. In recent years, there has been growing interest…

Northwest RiverPartners Logo: For salmon, our economy and quality of life

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…