Recent Co-op News

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Stocking the Energy Pantry – June 2021

Dear Members, After spring planting, we make sure our vegetables, grain and fruit have enough water and sunshine throughout the heat of summer so we can harvest and store our bounty to use throughout the year. Similarly with electricity, hydropower gives us the ability to store and meet energy demand...
Electric vehicle Level 2 charging stations can be installed inside or outside a home. This one is installed outside. Register your electric vehicle with Benton REA before you install a Level 2 charger and receive $100

Register Your EV, Get $100

Benton REA members can receive up to $100 from Benton REA toward the purchase of an electric vehicle when they register them with the co-op. Members will receive $100 for electric vehicles purchased before a Level 2 charger has been installed in their homes or businesses where the vehicles will...
Chevy Bolt electric vehicle charger is plugged in and charging the battery

How Long Will an EV Battery Last?

How long will an electric vehicle battery last, and what is the price to replace it? The response is often “it depends.” Many electric vehicle models come with an eight-year/100,000 mile warranty, but some do not. While there is little agreement in the EV industry as to how long a...
a professional tree trimmer prunes branches near a power line. He is wearing a hard hat, safety vest and ear protection.

Tree Pruning Improves Services for All

We are fortunate to have so many trees offering beauty, shade, and a habitat for birds and other wildlife. Benton REA strives to balance maintaining beautiful surroundings with a reliable power supply by keeping power lines clear in rights-of-way. A right-of-way is the land Benton REA uses to construct, maintain,...
A Tesla electric vehicle is parked on a grassy area next to a gravel road with evergreen trees and blue sky behind it. Photo courtesy of Tesla

The Thrill of Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles aren't just for city driving anymore If you want a really powerful car—one that can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in fewer than 3 seconds—consider the NIO EP9 electric vehicle. Be prepared to open your wallet, though. It costs more than $1 million. Modest versions of electric...
A woman and a man stand holding hands, wearing paint-stained pants, barefoot on newspaers. They are holding paint brushes. The top half of their bodies are not visible.

Practice Safety When DIY-ing

These days many of us are spending more time at home and finding new, creative ways to enhance our living space. Tackling do-it-yourself projects can be fun and cost-effective, so why not roll up those sleeves and get started! Whether painting the front door with a fresh hue or finally...
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Nominations Open for District 7, 8 Trustees

Benton REA is governed by eight trustees who each represent a district of members. Trustees are elected by members to serve a three-year term. In 2021, the incumbent Benton REA trustees whose terms expire are Connie Krull, District 7; and Catherine Russell, District 8. Qualified members can be placed on...
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Reflect and Honor – May 2021

Dear Members, While enjoying the warmer weather and the start of summer festivities, I hope you will join me in pausing to reflect on the sacrifices of our country’s veterans and their families. I am especially thankful for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy our freedoms....
A man uses an electric leaf blower to blow leaves in his back yard. A woman stand behind him tossing leaves with a rake

Three Ways to Electrify Your Lawn Care

Summer is just around the corner, and you can already smell the freshly cut grass. If you are in the market to upgrade your lawn care equipment, you may want to consider electric or battery-powered options. Gas-powered lawn mowers and trimmers may be your go-to, but times they are a-changin’....
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Questions to Ask Your Solar Contractor

As with any major home improvement project, buying from the right contractor is every bit as important as the product you are buying. Due diligence is critical to ensure you get the best system for a fair price, and that it is installed correctly and on time. This lengthy list...
Benton Rural Electric Association 2021 Scholarship Recipients: Peter Hale, Aspen Peters, Scott Barfuss, Jazzell Tovar, Brad Dowson

2021 Scholarship Recipients

Benton REA is proud to announce the 2021 recipients of the cooperative’s continuing education scholarships: Peter Hale of Benton City, son of Joseph and Laurie Hale. Aspen Peters of Prosser, daughter of Troy and Shauna Peters. Scott Barfuss of West Richland, son of Brad and Katie Barfuss. Jazzell Tovar of...
Infographic: How Your Home Uses Electricity: 53.1% Space heating and cooling, 16.9% water heating, 10.2% other, 4.6% refrigeration, 3.4% clothes washer dryer dishwasher, 3.1% cooking 1.7% computers

Paying for February in April

Stan Fields: “Miss Rhode Island, please describe your idea of a perfect date.” Miss Rhode Island: “That’s a tough one. I’d have to say April 25th. Because it’s not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket.” This scene from the 2000 film “Miss Congeniality” explains...