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Manager’s Message – March 2018

BPA, States and Nez Perce Agree on Spill Dear Members, Last summer, I asked for your help in fighting to protect affordable electricity by supporting the eight Snake and Columbia River dams and stopping additional spill over the dams in 2019. Many of you reached out to your Washington state...
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$3,500 EV Offer Expires April 1

As part of its effort to accelerate electric vehicle transportation alternatives across the United States, Nissan North America Inc., is offering eligible Touchstone Energy Cooperative member organizations such as Benton REA a special incentive toward the purchase of the all-new, 100 percent electric Nissan Leaf. With each qualified purchase, eligible...
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The Modern Family’s Devices

If you are struck by the amount of screens, gaming controls, charging stations and cords that have become fixtures in your home, you're not alone. The typical American family is well connected and owns a variety of electronic devices. Consumer electronics coupled with the growing array of smart home appliances...
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Trustee Districts 1, 2, 3 Open for Nominations

Benton REA is governed by eight trustees who each represent a district of members. These trustees are elected by you—our members—to serve a three-year term. In 2019, the three incumbent trustees up for election include Buddy Treadway, District 1; Mike Freepons, District 2; and Bob Evans, District 3. Represent Your...
Benton REA’s Troy Berglund, community development and member relations manager, in Olympia with City of West Richland Public Works Director Roscoe Slade, Senator Sharon Brown and West Richland Mayor Brent Gerry

Serving You in Olympia and D.C.

Benton REA is active in the state legislature and U.S. Congress to ensure laws passed will benefit members and keep electricity affordable The Washington State Legislature is in session, and Benton REA is working to protect the interests of its members. Troy Berglund, community development and member relations manager, recently...
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February Manager’s Message

Your Trusted Community Partner Dear Members, The best part about being a member of Benton REA is just that … it’s your energy cooperative. You have a say in how our co-op is run because membership equals ownership. Being locally owned, operated and democratically run means you can trust Benton...
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Washington Electricity Costs Lowest in Country

Washington state has much to tout. We are blessed to live just hours from world-famous mountains, ocean views and waterfalls. Washington is home to some of the country’s most innovative technology companies. And don’t forget to brag about the most affordable electricity in the nation. Benton REA charges residential members...
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On-the-Go with Benton REA’s SmartHub App

You can access your electric use history, report electrical outages, pay your bill and read Benton REA news right from your phone. Benton REA’s SmartHub app is designed with your busy life in mind. If you haven’t yet signed up for a SmartHub account, go to www.BentonREA.org. Click the red...
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Benton REA Fuel Mix Report

Benton REA Fuel Mix Report - 2017 Data How your electricity is generated, as reported in the Washington State Department of Commerce 2017 Electric Utility Fuel Mix Disclosure Report. 86.82% Hydropower 8.36% Nuclear 2.47% Natural Gas 1.90% Coal 0.24% Biomass 0.13% Other Non-Biogenic 0.08% Petroleum In 2017, Benton REA bought...
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Energy Efficiency Tips for Renters

If you rent your home, it often seems that you can’t do much to control your electric bills. In reality, there are lots of low- or no-cost tricks you can put into place to cut down on electricity use. Electronics and Appliances Most electronics feature a glowing light when turned...
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Sign up for Class on Saving Energy

Sign up for Class on Saving Energy If you want to lower your monthly energy use and be entered to win a $100 credit on your next electric bill, sign up for Benton REA’s upcoming energy conservation class Thursday, February 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Benton REA...
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Look Out for Scams

Look Out for Scams Unfortunately in today’s world, scams are inevitable. Scammers can threaten you with everything from legal action involving the IRS to turning off power to your home. Utility scams often involve an individual or group posing as an employee of your electric cooperative. The scammer may use...