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Save Time With the SmartHub App

Save Time With the SmartHub App Whether through the web or your smartphone or tablet, you can quickly pay your bill, view your energy use, contact Benton REA for assistance and get the latest co-op news. As soon as you log in to your Benton REA SmartHub account, you can...
Save the Date: RiverFest Saturday September 7, 2019, Columbia Park Kennewick, WA

Manager’s Message – September 2019

Dear Members, Were you one of the 3,000-plus people who attended RiverFest in 2018? If so, we welcome you back in 2019. If not, you won’t want to miss it this year. RiverFest is a free, fun and educational family event. The exhibitors, vendors and entertainment will showcase all the...
Nathan Shibley and Michelle Bolling in Washington, D.C.

Youth Tour Delegates Respond to Trip of a Lifetime

Youth Tour Delegates Respond to Trip of a Lifetime Nearly 2,000 children of electric cooperative members from across the nation traveled to Washington, D.C., June 13-20 for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Nathan Shibley and Michelle Bolling, both of West Richland, represented Benton REA. Nathan was selected to...
Watch for electrical shock hazards. #BeSafe

Be Aware of Electric Shock Drowning

Be Aware of Electric Shock Drowning Despite being categorized as leisure activities, swimming and boating can quickly become dangerous. While water-safety behaviors such as wearing life jackets and maintaining safe boating speeds have become commonplace, a serious hazard remains  that is often overlooked. This silent killer, classified as electric shock...
LED Lucy and Trustee Ron Johnson, right, greeted members at the annual meeting.

82nd Annual Meeting Draws 530 Attendees

82nd Annual Meeting Draws 530 Attendees For the first time since 1980, Benton REA held the annual meeting of members in West Richland. More than 530 attended the family event on July 13 at Leona Libby Middle School. Tethered hot air balloon rides began at 8 a.m., and 143 people...
Shelby Moore, executive director of Heartlinks Hospice and Palliative Care, accepts a donation from Benton REA Board President Mike Freepons.

Balloon Rides for Charity

Balloon Rides for Charity The Touchstone Energy Cooperatives hot air balloon rose 50 feet in the air over and over again the morning of July 13. 143 members of Benton REA enjoyed an experience of a lifetime on a tethered hot air balloon ride at the 82nd Benton REA annual...
A shovel and a phone with the 811 logo

August 11 Reminds Us to Call 811 Before Digging

With August 11 almost here, Benton REA hopes this date on the calendar, 8/11, will serve as a reminder for residents to call 811 prior to any digging project to have underground utility lines marked. Every 6 minutes, an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without...
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Manager’s Message – August 2019

Dear Members, This summer, the boards of Benton REA and its public power neighbors—Benton PUD, Franklin PUD and the City of Richland Energy Services—unanimously passed resolutions supporting the Columbia River Power System and the four Lower Snake River dams. Read the full resolution at BentonREA.org/energy-in-legislation. Eighty-seven percent of the electricity...
2019 Scholarship Recipients: Skyler Younkin, Parker Johnson, Emily Bonus, Joel Kartchner and Kate Whalen

2019 Scholarship Recipients Announced

Five graduating high school students from West Richland were awarded $8,000 Benton REA academic scholarships to aid with their college tuition. Each year, when unclaimed capital credit checks are returned to Benton REA, the money is used to help fund scholarships for students whose parents are members of Benton REA....
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...
Youth Tour students stand with Senator Patty Murray

Co-op Youth in D.C.

Nearly 2,000 children of electric cooperative members from across the nation traveled to Washington, D.C., June 13-20 for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Nathan Shibley and Michelle Bolling, both of West Richland, represented Benton REA. This year, four Washington delegates toured the National Mall, Smithsonian Museums, war memorials...
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Manager’s Message – July 2019

Dear Members, Co-ops exist to serve their members and the community. That’s why I can speak for all Benton REA employees by saying, “We work for you.” Benton REA’s employees work week after week with you—the members—in mind. Every detail of providing electricity as well as internet and technology services...