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Recent Co-op News

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Where’s My Calendar?

1,000 copies of Ruralite’s 2019 calendar are available to be picked up at either Benton REA office located in Prosser or West Richland. To save on the cost of printing and mailing a calendar to every Benton REA member, Benton REA’s member services department chose to not insert calendars into...
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Scholarships Available for Members’ Children

Your son or daughter could earn one of five $8,000 scholarships from Benton REA if he or she applies by January 4, 2019. Current high school seniors whose parents are members of Benton REA and whose main residence is within Benton, Yakima or Lewis counties are eligible to apply for a Benton...

Members Rate Benton REA Higher than National Satisfaction Score

For the second year in a row, you gave Benton REA an ACSI (American Customer Satisfaction Index) score of 89 out of 100. You rated Benton REA 12 points higher than the cooperative utility industry in the 2018 ACSI report. In July, Benton REA hired an independent company to survey...
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Manager’s Message – November 2018

Dear Members, This month, which includes the Veterans Day holiday, we are reminded of the many Veterans who have fought for our freedom. Because of the sacrifices of our nation’s veterans, and the unheralded sacrifice of military families, we have the freedom of speech, freedom of religion and the freedom...
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Voter Information on

Think your vote doesn't count? Think again! Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, "The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter." Benton REA would like to add, "The future of rural America is in the hands of the rural American voter." On November 6,...
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6 Ways to Protect Yourself in the Digital Age – Safe Email

Every day, countless emails are sent all over the world that attempt to steal your information, get you to send money, install malware or otherwise scam you. These emails are called phishing emails—the worst of the emails we collectively call spam. PowerNET uses a spam filter to help catch these...
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Nominate Someone Who Powers You to Win $5,000

Benton REA, in partnership with Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, is pleased to announce the third annual #WhoPowersYou Contest, honoring local heroes. It’s a chance for Benton REA members and employees to nominate someone who’s making a difference in our community, and an opportunity to celebrate the power of human connections. In...
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Cooperatives See the Future – October is Co-op Month

Dramatic changes are transforming all aspects of the energy industry. Interest in renewable energy is at an all-time high. Consumers want greater control over their energy use and payment methods. The prevalence of “smart” technology for the home is increasing, and consumers and businesses are showing greater interest in electric...
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Manager’s Message – October 2018

Dear Members, For some of us, it wasn’t long ago that we can remember life without the internet. My fourteen and fifteen year-old grandsons don’t have these same memories since they have never known life without advanced technology and instant access to any piece of information they desire. I am...
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Benton REA and PowerNET Expand Office Hours

Starting October 1, Benton REA and PowerNET will open earlier in Prosser and will remain open during the lunch hour in West Richland. The expanded office hours will allow members to speak with a member service representative as early as 7 a.m. on the phone and in person at the...
The 2018 Washington state delegates met Senator Maria Cantwell in Washington, D.C. on the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Pictured left to right, Taylor Smith of West Richland, Cantwell, Tashi Simpson, Israel Poulson, Talmage Hales and Joshua Cahoon of West Richland.

Co-op Seeks Youth Tour Delegates

Students wishing to attend the 2019 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., have until November 30 to apply. Benton REA will select two area high school students to represent the cooperative on this all-expenses-paid trip of a lifetime. The trip will begin June 13 and end June 20, 2019....
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Now Accepting American Express

Along with Visa, Mastercard and Discover Card, American Express has joined the list of debit/credit payment options available to Benton REA members and PowerNET customers. Automated Payments To update your automated payments with your American Express card, simply log in to your SmartHub account or speak to one of our...