Recent Co-op News

Plant Trees for the Next Generation

If you plan to plant trees on your property this year, think of the life of the tree. Planting a tree incorrectly or in the wrong place can shorten its life, especially if it could grow near power lines. Always call 811 before you dig, no matter how shallow or...
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Test Your AC Before It’s Too Hot

Summers can be long and hot, and can seem a lot longer and hotter if your air conditioning system isn’t functioning properly. March and April are great months to test your air conditioning while the weather is mild. If your system isn’t working correctly, or at all, here are some...
Incumbent Benton REA trustees whos terms expire are Buddy Treadway, District 1 Trustee, West Richland; Mike Freepons, District 2 Trustee Prosser Area; Bob Evans, Vice President, District 3 Trustee Horse Heaven and East Rosa

Seeking Candidates for Board Districts 1, 2, 3

In 2022, the incumbent Benton REA trustees whose terms expire are Buddy Treadway, District 1; Mike Freepons, District 2; and Bob Evans, District 3. Qualified members can be placed on the ballot as candidates for Benton REA trustee. Members interested in running for the board of trustees must call Executive...
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Serve Your Community on the Board of Trustees – March 2022 Manager’s Message

Dear Members, Benton REA Trustees are community-minded individuals with a variety of skills. Our board includes farmers, educators and business professionals. We rely on their many talents to help make informed decisions on long-term priorities and investments. Our trustees live in the co-op’s service area, and we consider them the...
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Dreaming of the Sun

As the days get longer, the sun is on our minds. You may be wondering if solar energy is right for you. Here are answers to the frequently asked questions we receive from members considering a solar photovoltaic system investment. How Much Electricity Can I Generate? This depends on several...
2020 Benton REA Fuel Mix Report Graphic. The graphic shows three boxes, each the size of the following fuel: 84.69% Hydropower, 10.92% Nuclear, 4.39% unspecified. In the hydropower box it is a photo of Ice Harbor Dam, Burbank, Washington photo courtesy of the Bonneville Power Administration. In the nuclear box is a photo of Columbia Generating Station north of Richland, Washington, photo courtesy of Energy Northwest. The Unspecified box is grey.

2020 Benton REA Fuel Mix Report

Power from Benton REA is 95% Carbon-Free Benton REA members used 534,913 megawatt-hours of electricity in 2020. Of that, 84.69% was produced by hydropower. Another 10.92% was sourced from our local nuclear energy producer and the final 4.39% was from unspecified sources. This data comes from the Washington Fuel Mix...
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Save Energy When Working From Home

Today, more Americans are working from home than ever before. More time spent at home means more energy used throughout the day. If you’re punching the clock from home, there are small steps you can take to reduce your energy use and save on electric bills. Here are five easy...
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Power Outage Safety Before, During, After Storms

Weather-related electric outages happen year-round. Be prepared before a flood, snow, ice or wind storm strikes. Before the Storm Save 800-221-6987 in your contacts so you can quickly report outages. It's equally important to give Benton REA your current phone number and email address so you can be informed about...
Dams provide irrigation water and electricity to run irrigation pumps north of West Richland, Washington. Photo of irrigated corn and alfalfa fields near a Benton REA distribution power line north of West Richland.

Dams: One Structure, Many Benefits

At first glance, dams look like they hold back and store water, but they actually do so much more. Dams protect communities from floods, provide water to irrigate farmland, enable safe passage for boats and barges, create places to play on the river and provide the Northwest with renewable, carbon-free...
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Co-op Values Benefit the Community – February 2022 Manager’s Message

Dear Members, Benton REA’s core job is keeping the lights on, but our passion is serving our members. Because we’re a co-op, our purpose is to enrich the lives of our members and serve the long-term interests of our community. This focus on service is at the heart of who...
Map of Benton REA Purchased Property in West Richland (Keene Road and Cooperative Way))

Benton REA Buys Land for New Administration Building in West Richland

Electric prices will not increase due to phased construction schedule.  After years of research, the Benton REA Board of Trustees approved the purchase of 17.79 acres on Keene Road in West Richland in December 2021. The land will be home to a new Benton REA administration building, with room to...
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Claim Your Ownership Cash

Benton REA members, you may have money on the table. Each year the Benton REA Board of Trustees chooses to pay back ownership credits to members, and thousands of those checks go uncashed. After one year, uncashed checks become unclaimed and the funds are transferred to Benton REA’s Education Fund....