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See You At RiverFest – Sept. 8

Admission is free to this fun, family-friendly event being held Saturday, September 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the east end of Columbia Park in Kennewick. Benton REA has joined other local utilities, businesses, community organizations and people of all walks of life throughout the region to host RiverFest...
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Co-op Solar Sells Out in 8 Days

On Monday, August 13, just eight days after members were able to enroll in Co-op Solar, the project sold out! “We are pleased with the response from our members,” said Troy Berglund, community development and member relations manager. “Our members obviously feel that solar energy is a worthwhile investment.” All 550...
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Farm Bros Sing About 811

Did you know digging without first calling 811 increases the chances you’ll knock out utility service to you and your neighbor? Don’t make a judgment call, make a phone call. Call 811 a few days before digging of any kind to have underground utilities marked. An underground line is damaged...
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Manager’s Message – August 2018

Dear Members, An exciting opportunity is available to you this month. I’d like to personally invite you to participate in Benton REA’s first community solar project! Co-op Solar is a 30.12 kW solar array that will be funded by Benton REA members and built on Van Giesen Street across from...
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Board Seeks District 4 Trustee

Mark Platt resigned effective June 30, 2018, from the Benton REA Board of Trustee. Mark and Ellen Platt moved to the Red Mountain area from Idaho Falls in 1998. In 2007 he joined the Benton REA Board and served as its Secretary/Treasurer for four years. During his 11 years of...
Scam Alert!

Member Warns Others of Telephone Scam

“May I speak with whoever is responsible for the power bill,” said a voice over the telephone line. Thankfully, the Benton REA member who took this phone call on Thursday, July 19, 2018, understood that it was a scam attempt and hung up the phone. “The call sounded like an...
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Benton REA Hosts Community Solar Classes

Join your neighbors at Benton REA’s upcoming Cooperative Solar class or online webinars to learn how you can help bring community solar to West Richland. This summer, Benton REA members can participate in the co-op’s first community solar project. Enrollment opens Monday, August 6, 2018, for 550 solar blocks in...
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6th Graders and Benton REA Plant Trees for Cleaner Air

Future students, parents and visitors of Leona Libby Middle School track events will breathe easier and stay cooler under four new trees planted by students and Benton REA trustees. This spring, students in Mrs. Debbie Ellefson’s 6th grade science classes researched the causes of climate change and the effects of...
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Manager’s Message – July 2018

Dear Members, Since April 3, water that could be producing electricity has been spilling over eight Snake and Columbia River dams because a judge in Oregon hopes to improve salmon survival rates. Benton REA’s largest power provider, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), sells excess power generated in the spring to...
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Members Selected for Satisfaction Survey

Each year, Benton REA seeks to understand our members' satisfaction with the cooperative. Our members are the reason the co-op exists and we wish to meet your expectations in customer service, reliability and quality of service. One way to learn how Benton REA is perceived is through a survey. A random...
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Co-op Youth Visit D.C.

More than 1,800 youth from cooperatives across the United States converged in Washington, D.C. June 7-14 for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)'s Youth Tour. Five students from Washington co-ops attended. Nathan Cahoon and Taylor Smith, both of West Richland, represented Benton REA. Students from Tanner Electric Cooperative in...
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Benton REA Offices Remain Open During Construction Projects

This summer, road and water projects are causing limited access to Benton REA’s West Richland and Prosser offices, yet the cooperative offices will remain open. The City of West Richland’s Brotherhood Reservoir water main project may cause slowed and limited access to Benton REA’s office at 6095 Van Giesen Street....