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Recent Co-op News

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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...
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Manager’s Message – December 2018

Dear Members, Issuing capital credit retirements has been a favorite holiday tradition at Benton REA. Many of you will receive a check from Benton REA this month. To date, Benton REA has returned more than $12 Million back to its members. Capital credits can be a confusing topic. This is...
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Community Donations Still Available in 2018

As the year comes to a close, the Benton REA Board of Trustees wishes to remind members of the community donations available to local organizations who impact the lives of Benton REA members. Benton REA recognizes that, in addition to the basic needs of serving electricity, it is committed to...
City of West Richland employees accept a rebate from Benton REA. Left to Right: Dustin Miller, wastewater treatment plant operator; Tony Simon, energy smart industrial partner with Cascade Engineering; Roscoe Slade, public works director; Mayor Brent Gerry; Troy Berglund, community development and member relations manager with Benton REA; Randy Paulson, sewer operations supervisor and Michael Maier, wastewater treatment plant operator.

City of West Richland Saves $41K with Energy Efficiency

In two years, the City of West Richland saved $41,092 and reduced their energy use by 637,450 kilowatt hours at its Wastewater Treatment Plant, earning them an additional incentive from the Benton Rural Electric Association. Most of the savings were achieved by installing equipment on existing HVAC units and aeration...
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Learn to Lower Your Energy Bills and Win $100

If you’d like to lower your monthly energy bills and be entered to win a $100 credit on your next electric bill, sign up for one of two energy conservation classes hosted by Benton REA’s energy advisor, Eric Miller. The first class will be held on December 12 from 6...
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Where’s My Calendar?

1,000 copies of Ruralite’s 2019 calendar are available to be picked up at either Benton REA office located in Prosser or West Richland. To save on the cost of printing and mailing a calendar to every Benton REA member, Benton REA’s member services department chose to not insert calendars into...
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Scholarships Available for Members’ Children

Your son or daughter could earn one of five $8,000 scholarships from Benton REA if he or she applies by January 4, 2019. Current 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 a Benton...

Members Rate Benton REA Higher than National Satisfaction Score

For the second year in a row, you gave Benton REA an ACSI (American Customer Satisfaction Index) score of 89 out of 100. You rated Benton REA 12 points higher than the cooperative utility industry in the 2018 ACSI report. In July, Benton REA hired an independent company to survey...
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Manager’s Message – November 2018

Dear Members, This month, which includes the Veterans Day holiday, we are reminded of the many Veterans who have fought for our freedom. Because of the sacrifices of our nation’s veterans, and the unheralded sacrifice of military families, we have the freedom of speech, freedom of religion and the freedom...
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Voter Information on

Think your vote doesn't count? Think again! Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, "The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter." Benton REA would like to add, "The future of rural America is in the hands of the rural American voter." On November 6,...