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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,...
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6 Ways to Protect Yourself in the Digital Age – Safe Email

Every day, countless emails are sent all over the world that attempt to steal your information, get you to send money, install malware or otherwise scam you. These emails are called phishing emails—the worst of the emails we collectively call spam. PowerNET uses a spam filter to help catch these...
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Nominate Someone Who Powers You to Win $5,000

Benton REA, in partnership with Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, is pleased to announce the third annual #WhoPowersYou Contest, honoring local heroes. It’s a chance for Benton REA members and employees to nominate someone who’s making a difference in our community, and an opportunity to celebrate the power of human connections. In...
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Cooperatives See the Future – October is Co-op Month

Dramatic changes are transforming all aspects of the energy industry. Interest in renewable energy is at an all-time high. Consumers want greater control over their energy use and payment methods. The prevalence of “smart” technology for the home is increasing, and consumers and businesses are showing greater interest in electric...
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Manager’s Message – October 2018

Dear Members, For some of us, it wasn’t long ago that we can remember life without the internet. My fourteen and fifteen year-old grandsons don’t have these same memories since they have never known life without advanced technology and instant access to any piece of information they desire. I am...
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Benton REA and PowerNET Expand Office Hours

Starting October 1, Benton REA and PowerNET will open earlier in Prosser and will remain open during the lunch hour in West Richland. The expanded office hours will allow members to speak with a member service representative as early as 7 a.m. on the phone and in person at the...
The 2018 Washington state delegates met Senator Maria Cantwell in Washington, D.C. on the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Pictured left to right, Taylor Smith of West Richland, Cantwell, Tashi Simpson, Israel Poulson, Talmage Hales and Joshua Cahoon of West Richland.

Co-op Seeks Youth Tour Delegates

Students wishing to attend the 2019 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., have until November 30 to apply. Benton REA will select two area high school students to represent the cooperative on this all-expenses-paid trip of a lifetime. The trip will begin June 13 and end June 20, 2019....
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Now Accepting American Express

Along with Visa, Mastercard and Discover Card, American Express has joined the list of debit/credit payment options available to Benton REA members and PowerNET customers. Automated Payments To update your automated payments with your American Express card, simply log in to your SmartHub account or speak to one of our...
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Electric rates remain stable

On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, a news reporter incorrectly stated that Benton REA will raise rates $10 per member to cover the cost of the spill over the Columbia and Snake River dams. Benton REA will NOT be raising rates due to the 2018 spill. In April 2018, the Bonneville...
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Farm Workers Reap a Safe Harvest

It can be an exciting and exhausting time, the culmination of a season of hard work. However, the rush to harvest can also yield tragic outcomes. Each year, dozens of farm workers are killed and hundreds are injured in accidents involving power lines and electrical equipment. “Things people see every...
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Is Wireless Internet Right For Me?

Since 1997, Benton REA has served the Mid-Columbia and Lower Yakima Valleys with fast, reliable and safe internet through PowerNET. If you are new to the area, or just want to know more about your internet options, take a look at the answers to these frequently asked questions about PowerNET...
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Manager’s Message – September 2018

Dear Members, I’m inviting you to join me and some of the Benton REA staff at the RiverFest 2018 event, a festival showcasing all the benefits of our local rivers and hydrosystem. RiverFest will be held Saturday, September 8, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the east end of Columbia...