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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....
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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...
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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...
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Upcoming Community Blood Drives at Benton REA

Benton REA will host two community and employee blood drives with the American Red Cross in 2019. The first is August 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Benton REA West Richland office. The second will be at the Benton REA Prosser office October 24. “Hosting a blood...
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Taylor Smith Represents Washington state in Youth Leadership Council

Some children born in rural communities choose to plant roots in their hometown. Others seek a “better life” in urban areas after high school. Benton REA believes a better life can be had in both scenarios by investing in the rural community leaders of tomorrow. Taylor Smith, daughter of Benton...
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Manager’s Message – June 2019

Dear Members, If you’ve read through this issue of Ruralite, you may be wondering, “Why does Benton REA host an annual meeting?” The answer lies within our core foundation: the Seven Cooperative Principles. Because Benton REA is a member-owned cooperative, you have a say in how your co-op is run....
Trustees Buddy Treadway, Mike Freepons and Bob Evans

Your 2019 Trustee Candidates

Benton REA is governed by eight trustees who each represent a district of members. These trustees are elected by you—our members—to serve three-year terms. In 2019, the three incumbent trustees up for election are Buddy Treadway, District 1; Mike Freepons, District 2; and Bob Evans, District 3. Trustee nominations for...
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Smart Life. SmartHub.

Smart Life. SmartHub. Life can be fast and hectic, but it doesn’t all have to be complicated. Paying your Benton REA and/or PowerNET bill shouldn’t be a complex task, and with our SmartHub web and mobile app, it won’t be. You may have heard about SmartHub, our innovative tool for...
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Free Family Fun at the Benton REA Annual Meeting

Free Family Fun at the Benton REA Annual Meeting Mark your calendars for July 13. You won’t want to miss Benton REA's 82nd Annual Meeting and Member Appreciation Lunch. Before the business meeting begins at 12:30 p.m., the morning will be full of family activities. Arrive at 8 a.m. to...
Randy Suess, Inland Power & Light; Troy Berglund, Benton REA; Rep. Dan Newhouse and Danny Lee, Inland Power & Light

Talking Co-ops in Washington, D.C.

Talking Co-ops in Washington, D.C. Troy Berglund, community development and member relations manager, traveled to Washington, D.C., in April for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Legislative Conference. While there, he and other Washington electric cooperative employees met with legislators to discuss the needs of co-op members. During their meetings...
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