Recent Co-op News

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The Thrill of Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles aren't just for city driving anymore If you want a really powerful car—one that can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in fewer than 3 seconds—consider the NIO EP9 electric vehicle. Be prepared to open your wallet, though. It costs more than $1 million. Modest versions of electric...
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Practice Safety When DIY-ing

These days many of us are spending more time at home and finding new, creative ways to enhance our living space. Tackling do-it-yourself projects can be fun and cost-effective, so why not roll up those sleeves and get started! Whether painting the front door with a fresh hue or finally...
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Nominations Open for District 7, 8 Trustees

Benton REA is governed by eight trustees who each represent a district of members. Trustees are elected by members to serve a three-year term. In 2021, the incumbent Benton REA trustees whose terms expire are Connie Krull, District 7; and Catherine Russell, District 8. Qualified members can be placed on...
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Reflect and Honor – May 2021

Dear Members, While enjoying the warmer weather and the start of summer festivities, I hope you will join me in pausing to reflect on the sacrifices of our country’s veterans and their families. I am especially thankful for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy our freedoms....
A man uses an electric leaf blower to blow leaves in his back yard. A woman stand behind him tossing leaves with a rake

Three Ways to Electrify Your Lawn Care

Summer is just around the corner, and you can already smell the freshly cut grass. If you are in the market to upgrade your lawn care equipment, you may want to consider electric or battery-powered options. Gas-powered lawn mowers and trimmers may be your go-to, but times they are a-changin’....
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Questions to Ask Your Solar Contractor

As with any major home improvement project, buying from the right contractor is every bit as important as the product you are buying. Due diligence is critical to ensure you get the best system for a fair price, and that it is installed correctly and on time. This lengthy list...
Benton Rural Electric Association 2021 Scholarship Recipients: Peter Hale, Aspen Peters, Scott Barfuss, Jazzell Tovar, Brad Dowson

2021 Scholarship Recipients

Benton REA is proud to announce the 2021 recipients of the cooperative’s continuing education scholarships: Peter Hale of Benton City, son of Joseph and Laurie Hale. Aspen Peters of Prosser, daughter of Troy and Shauna Peters. Scott Barfuss of West Richland, son of Brad and Katie Barfuss. Jazzell Tovar of...
Infographic: How Your Home Uses Electricity: 53.1% Space heating and cooling, 16.9% water heating, 10.2% other, 4.6% refrigeration, 3.4% clothes washer dryer dishwasher, 3.1% cooking 1.7% computers

Paying for February in April

Stan Fields: “Miss Rhode Island, please describe your idea of a perfect date.” Miss Rhode Island: “That’s a tough one. I’d have to say April 25th. Because it’s not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket.” This scene from the 2000 film “Miss Congeniality” explains...
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Lineworker Appreciation Month – April 2021

Dear Members, If you were asked to associate a person with Benton REA, I bet you would picture a lineworker. Some of the most visible employees of the co-op, lineworkers work tirelessly to ensure that you—our members—receive uninterrupted power 24/7. Lineworker is listed as one of the 10 most dangerous...
2019 Benton REA Fuel Mix Pie Chart: 72.99% Hydropower, 16.96% Unspecified, 10.05% Nuclear

2019 Benton REA Fuel Mix Report

How Benton REA members' electricity is generated, as reported in the Washington State Department of Commerce 2019 Electric Utility Fuel Mix Disclosure Report 72.99% Hydropower 16.96% Unspecified 10.05% Nuclear About the Washington State Electric Utilities Fuel Mix The objective of the fuel mix disclosure is to inform customers and policymakers...
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Know What’s Below

Spring is here. There’s never been a better time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Perhaps you’re making plans for a new garden or a lawn makeover. However you’re planning to revamp your backyard oasis, remember to keep safety in mind for all projects—especially those that require digging...
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Idaho Congressman Seeks Support for Plan to Breach the Snake River Hydropower Dams

U.S. Representative Mike Simpson of Idaho wants to get the Columbia and Snake River dams out of seemingly endless court battles. Simpson has a plan to breach the lower Snake River dams while compensating electricity, river transportation and irrigation stakeholders through a infrastructure funding bill that could hit President Joe...