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Energy Issues/Legislation

Benton REA remains active in the Washington State Legislature and the U.S. Congress, protecting and enhancing the benefits of the member-owners of our cooperative. Each year representatives of Benton REA attend rallies, hearings and also meet with state and congressional representatives to discuss the cooperative’s positions on various bills and issues.

Washington State Legislative Issues: 

  • Click on State Issues to read Benton REA’s position on a number of issues in front of our state legislature.

U.S. Congressional Issues: 

  • Members of our local Congressional delegation have declared the value of affordable, reliable hydropower to our Northwest economy and way of life.  The Benton REA board unanimously approved a resolution to support the passage of H.R. 3144. Click on the links below to read the resolution and press release. We encourage Benton REA members to contact your congressional delegation to express your opinion about this important matter.
  • Benton REA, along with many other local utilities, support the continued operation of Columbia Generating Station, a carbon-free source of affordable electricity. Benton REA receives 10 percent of its wholesale electricity from nuclear energy produced at Energy Northwest’s Columbia Generating Station.


If you have any comments, questions or concerns about any of the positions of Benton REA, please contact Troy Berglund.

 Contact us at 1-800-221-6987


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