Recent Co-op News

A screenshot of the charger finder map at www.BentonREA.org/EV. It shows multiple pins at Electric vehicle charging stations from Yakima, Washington, to Tri-Cities.

BentonREA.org/EV Makes Finding an EV Charger Easy

Did you know there are more than 30 public electric vehicle charging stations between Pasco and Yakima? You can find any public charging station in the country at www.BentonREA.org/EV. Click the “Charger Finder” tab and search by zip code, type of charger and type of connector. If you’re planning a...
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Prioritize Safety Year-Round

Benton REA recognizes Electrical Safety Month every May, but it is also important to practice safety year-round.  According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, thousands of people in the U.S. are critically injured or electrocuted as a result of electrical fires and accidents in their own homes. Many of these...
a boy in a plaid short sleeve shirt and a plastic safety orange hard hat stand with his hands on his hips

2022 Kids’ Electrical Safety Poster Contest

Posters are due Thursday, June 16, for this year’s Electrical Safety Poster Contest. All elementary-age children whose parents or guardians are Benton REA members with active electric accounts are eligible. Prizes will be distributed at the Benton REA Annual Meeting on Saturday, July 16, in West Richland. The following prizes...
Image of a young Caucasian woman plugging together two power cords with a river flowing behind. The image is zoomed in on her hands. It symbolizes how water and hydropower powers our lives.

You Need Hyrdopower and Hydropower Needs You – Write In Today

Hydropower and many other benefits of the lower Snake River Dams are under attack. This year the voices of proponents of dam breaching are being heard by state and federal politicians. Our representatives need to hear your voice, too. Deadline Approaching to Speak Up for Hydropower A public process to...
eight portraits of 2022 Benton REA scholarship recipients. Text says their names and "Congratulation, 2022 Scholarship Recipients".

2022 Scholarship Recipients

Eight local seniors are the recipients of $52,000 in scholarships from Benton REA. All three recipients of the cooperative’s $4,000 Trade & Technical scholarship are from West Richland. They are Coral Bears, daughter of Jim and Jennifer Bears; Ethan Henning, son of Jake and Diana Henning; and Garrett Collins, son...
Benton REA planted two threes at Wine Country RV Park on April 13 as a part of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Line USA program. Pictured from left: Brian Cramer, area utility tree coordinator; Troy Berglund, Benton REA vice president of member services; Louann Rockney, Wine Country RV Park manager; Mike Freepons, Benton REA trustee.

Benton REA Plants Trees at Wine Country RV Park

Visitors to Prosser’s Wine Country RV Park will enjoy two new trees donated by Benton REA on April 13, Washington State Arbor Day. Benton REA planted a Linden tree and a Hot Wings Maple tree because they will only grow 25 to 30 feet tall at maturity. They were planted...
Benton REA employees and trustees hold Tree Line USA flag at Horn Rapids Park in 2021

Arbor Day Foundation Recognizes Benton REA as Tree Line USA Utility

Benton REA was named a 2022 Tree Line USA utility by the Arbor Day Foundation in recognition of its dedication to proper urban forest management. Tree Line USA—a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters—recognizes utilities for pursuing best practices that protect and cultivate...
Lightning strikes ground, dark blue clouds hang above. Lightning is the most common cause of a power surge.

Surge Protection for $6 A Month

A power surge is an unexpected increase in voltage. Regardless of the cause, power surges can damage electronics in your home. Benton REA offers surge protection at your electric meter for only $6 a month. But first, let's look at common causes of power surges and how you can protect...
A photo split down the middle, the left shows the back left side of an electric lineworker wearing a hard hat with a powerline in the background. The right side shows the right half of a lineworker wearing a ball cap and holding a baby girl with his home in the background. It says, "Lineworker Appreciation - We thank lineworkers for their courage and commitment to powering our community."

A Month of Appreciation

Lineworker Appreciation If you have noticed Benton REA's line crews working on power lines and other electrical equipment, it's no secret a lineworker's job is tough—but it's a job that's essential. This month we celebrate lineworkers. The next time you see a lineworker, please thank them for the work they...
Photo of a Genevieve Boarman, a lineworker.

Are You Lineworker Material?

If you hate the outdoors, prefer monotonous tasks, despise your community, like to work alone and enjoy working for minimum wage, this isn’t the job for you. Electric lineworkers are hard to find. It is an incredibly challenging and sometimes dangerous job not everyone is cut out for, but it...
Benton REA Lineworkers prepare to set a new power pole. Photo by David Herder.

A Day on the Lines

Benton REA Line crews work hard day and night to keep the lights on Story and photos by David Herder As the Benton Rural Electric Association lineworkers arrive to their worksite on a late February morning, the poles they plan to raise are covered in snow. For the past week,...
two irrigation nozzles spray water with a blue sky background. You see a lot of water droplets.

Irrigating Around Electricity

Know the Risks and How to Safe Safe Spring planting is around the corner. Whether you’re a large producer or backyard gardener, keeping safety in mind as you plant and irrigate can save your life. Know What’s Below Do you know where the overhead and underground utilities are on your...