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Recent Co-op News

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PowerNET Upgrades Internet Speeds

Benton REA is excited to announce that its PowerNET internet customers are currently receiving a faster connection at no additional cost! PowerNET customers may have noticed the increased speeds in mid-March. Technicians replaced 15 access points and 450 subscriber antennas between October 2017 and January 2018 to make the upgrade...
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PowerNET Remains Net Neutral

On March 5, Washington became the first state to approve its own net-neutrality rules that will take effect in June 2018. This move followed the Federal Communications Commission’s December 2017 decision to repeal certain regulations on broadband companies. Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers must treat all data...
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Manager’s Message – April 2018

Dear Members, February was a busy month for Benton REA. We not only held our 81st Annual Meeting, but several Benton REA staff and Trustees visited Olympia to meet with our local state representatives and senators. I want to thank them for all the hard work they do to represent...
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Low-Cost Window Upgrades

Are you planning a spring cleaning project that involves those hard-toreach windows? Why not upgrade your window energy efficiency while you're at it? For a low-cost upgrade that doesn't require replacing your windows, Benton REA recommends Low-E storm windows. "Low-E" stands for Low Emissivity, meaning in the summertime these windows block some...
Senator Sharon Brown with Platt, Bradshaw, Berglund, and Feepons

Co-ops at the Table in Olympia

Collectively, Benton REA members are represented by four state senators and eight representatives. In February, several Benton REA trustees and staff members visited the state capitol to meet these representatives and discuss the issues that impact Benton REA and its members. Benton REA’s top legislative priority positions include carbon policy,...
Benton REA 2018 scholarship recipients: Jared Robinson, Claire Schaef, Talita Rogers, Cassandra Baune and Fletcher Smith.

$8,000 Benton REA Scholarships Awarded

Benton REA awarded one Trade & Technical and four Academic scholarships to local graduating high school seniors at the cooperative’s 81st Annual Meeting on February 10. Talita Rogers, daughter of Mark and Patricia Rogers of Prosser, was the recipient of the $8,000 Trade & Technical scholarship. Recipients of the $8,000...
Nathan Cahoon and Taylor Smith

Local Students Bound for Washington, D.C.

Two area students have been selected to represent Benton REA on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Electric Cooperatives Youth Tour, June 7-14, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Taylor Smith, a sophomore at Hanford High School, and Nathan Cahoon, a junior at Richland High School, will join several other students...
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Smooth Out the Seasonal Highs and Lows of Your Electric Bill

Stay in control of your monthly bills as we smooth out your seasonally fluctuating payments with Benton REA’s levelized billing plan. Briefly, this is how the program works: Your levelized billing amount is determined by averaging your electricity use of the 12 most recent months. You will receive a bill...
Port of Sunnyside Commissioners Jim Grubenhoff, Jeff Matson and Arnold Martin accept a check of $100,000 from Benton REA's Community Development and Member Relations Manager Troy Berglund, second from left.

Sunnyside Port Receives $100K Energy Efficiency Incentive

The Port of Sunnyside accepted a $100,000 energy efficiency rebate from Benton REA at its Dec. 4, 2017, commissioner’s meeting. The rebate was granted to the Port for the energy savings gained from the installation of their covered anaerobic lagoon (CAL) expansion. “This is the single largest rebate check Benton...
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Trustees Earn Credentials

Two Benton REA Trustees recently earned credentials in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Director Certificate Program. Scott Fisher, Trustees of District 6, earned his Credentials Cooperative Director Certificate (CCD) in October, 2017. This is the first of three tiers in NRECA's Director Certificate Program. Fisher was elected by the...
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You Got a New Number? We Didn’t Know.

We understand that your electric utility isn't the first thing on your mind when you change your phone number or mailing address. But, by keeping your contact information up-to-date with Benton REA, you can take full advantage of the benefits of your cooperative membership. With correct information, our staff is...
Hot Air balloons (including the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives balloon) taking off in Prosser Washington

301 Ride the Touchstone Energy Hot Air Balloon

301 visitors of the Great Prosser Balloon Rally, both young and old, enjoyed an experience of a lifetime as they took a tethered ride on the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Hot Air Balloon sponsored by Benton REA. “I was amazed at the turnout,” stated Benton REA Board President Mike Freepons. “We...