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Energy in Legislation

Benton REA remains active in the Washington State Legislature and the U.S. Congress, protecting and enhancing the benefits of the member-owners of our cooperative. Each year representatives of Benton REA attend rallies, hearings and also meet with state and congressional representatives to discuss the cooperative’s positions on various bills and issues.

We Need Your Help!

This spring, water that could have produced electricity was spilled over eight Snake and Columbia River dams because a judge in Oregon hoped to improve salmon survival rates. Salmon and dams can, and do, coexist, but the additional spill cost the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), nearly $40 million in 2018. Benton REA must pay $110,406 of this cost. In addition, the spill may directly affect the reliability of your electricity. 

Your voice can stop the spill. Click to learn more.

Supporting Local Hydropower

Members of our local Congressional delegation have declared the value of affordable, reliable hydropower to our Northwest economy and way of life.  The Benton REA board unanimously approved a resolution to support the passage of H.R. 3144. Click on the links below to read the resolution and press release. We encourage Benton REA members to contact your congressional delegation to express your opinion about this important matter.

Co-ops Vote

Be a voice for your co-op!

Benton REA is engaged in a national get-out-the-vote campaign called Co-ops Vote. We invite you to join us.

Co-ops Vote is a non-partisan project of American’s Electric Cooperatives designed to encourage co-op members to vote and support their co-ops and their community when they go to the polls. The Program does not endorse or recommend candidates for election.

Co-ops Vote was launched in 2016 to reverse a troubling trend: In the 2012 elections, voter turnout in rural areas declined by 18 percent – twice the voter drop-off seen nationally. More than 700 electric co-ops in 47 states responded by joining the Co-ops Vote program to increase voter engagement in the communities they serve, and it was a tremendous success. Rural voter turnout in 2016 increased by more than a half-million Americans. Together we grew our political influence and encouraged lawmakers to pay more attention to the issues affecting rural Americans. We need to harness this momentum and ensure that Co-ops Vote continues to thrive.

Visit to join and learn more. And by all means, make sure you are registered to vote and that you cast your ballot on Election Day – every Election Day.

Washington State Legislative Issues

Benton REA currently has three legislative priorities at the state level: Carbon Policy Principles, Local Control for Rural Co-ops and Rural Broadband. Learn more about Benton REA's position on these and other standing issues by clicking the button below. 

Supporting the Columbia Generating Station

Benton REA, along with many other local utilities, support the continued operation of Columbia Generating Station, a carbon-free source of affordable electricity. Benton REA receives 10 percent of its wholesale electricity from nuclear energy produced at Energy Northwest’s Columbia Generating Station.

If you have any comments, questions or concerns about any of the positions held by Benton REA, please contact member services by calling 509-786-8265.