Recent Co-op News

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Four Ways to Save Energy In the Kitchen

Ah, the kitchen. It’s undeniably one of the most-loved rooms in our homes. It’s where we gather with family and friends for our favorite meals and memories. Like most of us, you probably aren’t thinking about saving energy when you’re planning that perfect dish. Here are four ways to save...
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Scholarship Applications Due January 4

Graduating high school seniors whose parents are members of Benton REA and whose main residence is within Benton, Yakima or Lewis counties are eligible to apply for Benton REA’s 2020-2021 scholarships. Applications are due January 4, 2021. Students pursuing either a trade, technical or academic education may qualify. Scholarships will...
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Manager’s Message – November 2020, A Bright Future Thanks to Our Veterans and Youth

Dear Members, I agree with the adage, “freedom is not free.” Generations of American men and women risked, and gave their lives over the years serving in the U.S. military so that friends, family and complete strangers could remain free and safe. These amazing patriots gave up their time and...
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Applications for Bill Assistance Now Open

Two local community action agencies are now accepting applications for Benton REA’s new bill assistance program. Qualifying residential members who need assistance paying their electric bill may apply. More than $4,500 Raised As of October 21, Benton REA members donated $2,270.25 to the bill assistance fund through one-time and monthly...
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Don’t Worry: Enroll in AutoPay

There is plenty to worry about in 2020. Why let paying your electric or internet bill be on that list? Benton REA’s automatic payment plan allows you to have your Benton REA payments drawn directly from your bank account, your credit card or your debit card. You will never have...
On August 31, 2020, an Ellensburg Solar technician installed solar panels on the roof of a YCH building in Sunnyside. PHOTO COURTESY OF YCH

YCH Installs Largest Solar Array in State

In August, Yakima Chief Hops, a 100% farmer-owned hop supplier for the brewing industry and a Benton REA member, announced its latest solar panel installation. YCH now has 3,706 solar panels, the largest rooftop solar array in Washington state. YCH has offices located across the globe, but the company’s headquarters...
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Plant Windbreak Trees and Save Energy

It’s been said the Tri-Cities is a windy area. You’ll get no argument from most area residents. Wind erodes our soil and leads to nasty dust storms. Winter winds can increase a home’s heating costs 10% to 40%. Wind can also be just plain annoying. You can’t stop the wind,...
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Manager’s Message – October 2020, Dam Support, Annual Meeting Invitation

Dear Members, In April, many of you chose to stand up for our lower Snake River hydroelectric dams. We received 173 letters from Benton REA members which we mailed to the federal agencies drafting the Columbia River system Operations (CRSO) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). They received more than 56,000 comments...
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Residential HVAC Rebates Increase

Benton REA᾽s residential rebates have recently increased for efficient  heating and cooling systems. Ductless Heat Pump - $1,300 This technology is ideal for smaller homes currently without ductwork. Benton REA᾽s ductless heat pump rebate increased to $1,300. Heat Pump - Up to $1,600 Rebates for a new heat pump range...
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Annual Meeting Goes Virtual

You’re invited to join Benton REA for the virtual 83rd Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday, October 21, at 6:30 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Benton REA is unable to host a member appreciation event and in-person annual meeting in 2020. Adapting with the current events, the board of trustees...
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Transmission: From Dam to Doorstep

Once the force of a flowing river is turned into electricity at hydroelectric dams, it still has a long way to go before reaching your house, business or school. This energy now must flow along transmission lines, sometimes hundreds of miles from its source. When electricity first leaves a dam,...
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Nominate a Local Hero in National Cooperative Contest

Benton REA and Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are pleased to announce the #WhoPowersYou contest celebrating local heroes. It’s a chance for Benton REA members and employees to nominate someone making a difference in the community, and an opportunity to celebrate the power of human connections. In addition to being nationally recognized,...