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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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Manager’s Message – February 2019

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...
Free Internet Security Classes Offered by PowerNET

Free Internet Security Classes Offered by PowerNET

Do you ever wonder if you are at risk of an internet hack or online identity fraud? Every day thousands of hackers may be attempting to steal your personal information. But you can stop them. Benton REA and PowerNET want you to be confident in your ability to be aware...
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Manager’s Message – January 2019

Dear Members, I’m pleased to announce that on October 31, 2018, the Benton REA Board of Trustees appointed Benton REA member Ron Johnson to fill the District 4 trustee position left vacant when former Trustee and Secretary of the Board Mark Platt, retired from the board in June. Ron Johnson...
District 4 Welcomes New Trustee

District 4 Welcomes New Trustee

Ron Johnson - District 4 Trustee The Benton REA members of District 4 are represented by a new Trustee. Ron Johnson was appointed to the Benton REA Board of Trustees on October 31, 2018, to fill the position left vacant when Mark Platt retired in June. Ron moved to his...
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Giving Back to Co-op Members – Capital Credits Mailed in December

Check your mailbox this month because you may receive a check from Benton REA. When you signed up to receive electric service from Benton REA you became a member-owner in the equity of the cooperative. Other businesses return profits to investors and stakeholders. Benton REA is different. We belong to...