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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...
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6th Graders and Benton REA Plant Trees for Cleaner Air

Future students, parents and visitors of Leona Libby Middle School track events will breathe easier and stay cooler under four new trees planted by students and Benton REA trustees. This spring, students in Mrs. Debbie Ellefson’s 6th grade science classes researched the causes of climate change and the effects of...
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Manager’s Message – July 2018

Dear Members, Since April 3, water that could be producing electricity has been spilling over eight Snake and Columbia River dams because a judge in Oregon hopes to improve salmon survival rates. Benton REA’s largest power provider, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), sells excess power generated in the spring to...
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Members Selected for Satisfaction Survey

Each year, Benton REA seeks to understand our members' satisfaction with the cooperative. Our members are the reason the co-op exists and we wish to meet your expectations in customer service, reliability and quality of service. One way to learn how Benton REA is perceived is through a survey. A random...
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Co-op Youth Visit D.C.

More than 1,800 youth from cooperatives across the United States converged in Washington, D.C. June 7-14 for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)'s Youth Tour. Five students from Washington co-ops attended. Nathan Cahoon and Taylor Smith, both of West Richland, represented Benton REA. Students from Tanner Electric Cooperative in...
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Benton REA Offices Remain Open During Construction Projects

This summer, road and water projects are causing limited access to Benton REA’s West Richland and Prosser offices, yet the cooperative offices will remain open. The City of West Richland’s Brotherhood Reservoir water main project may cause slowed and limited access to Benton REA’s office at 6095 Van Giesen Street....
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Manager’s Message – June 2018

Dear Members, The dams have been on my mind lately. A court-ordered spill over the four Snake River dams began on April 3rd and will continue through June. The Columbia River dams followed soon after in a test that hopes to boost the already extremely high survival rate (92-96%) of...
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Benton REA Welcomes New Meter Reader in West Richland

This month, West Richland residents will welcome a new meter reader and say goodbye to a long-time friend. C. K. “Kaye” Johnson has read Benton REA’s electric meters in West Richland since her daughter was just one year old. Tiffney is now 27 years old. In recent years, Tiffney and...
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Manager’s Message – May 2018

Dear Members, I had the privilege of speaking on a panel about engaging members’ trust at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Annual Meeting in February. I am honored to have been asked by NRECA to participate in their Annual Meeting, and I’m very proud of Benton REA for...
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New Law Says “Move Over” for Utility Vehicles and Workers

Currently, Washington state law requires drivers to move over a lane or slow down for emergency vehicles stopped on the shoulder of the highway. Starting June 7, motorists must do the same for utility vehicles including line trucks from power utilities. Utility workers often have to work on powerlines located...
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PowerNET Upgrades Internet Speeds

Benton REA is excited to announce that its PowerNET internet customers are currently receiving a faster connection at no additional cost! PowerNET customers may have noticed the increased speeds in mid-March. Technicians replaced 15 access points and 450 subscriber antennas between October 2017 and January 2018 to make the upgrade...
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PowerNET Remains Net Neutral

On March 5, Washington became the first state to approve its own net-neutrality rules that will take effect in June 2018. This move followed the Federal Communications Commission’s December 2017 decision to repeal certain regulations on broadband companies. Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers must treat all data...