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What's New at Benton PUD

Ely Community Solar Project
The Ely Community Solar project began producing energy in July 2015.  Click here to view the real-time production. 
Click here for more information on Benton PUD's solar programs.

Renewables in Our Community
Benton PUD is proud of the investment we have made in renewables to ensure our community is sustainable for years to come.

Green Power Program
Benton PUD offers a Green Power Program for customers who want to make an investment in renewable energy.  Participation is 100% voluntary.  When you enroll you decide how much of an investment you want to make.  The amount you choose will be added to your bill each month.  Click here for more information or to make an investment in green power today.

Advanced Meter Information
Learn more about how our advanced meters result in improved system performance and efficiency

Breaking News

SCAM ALERT:  Benton PUD warns customers of another telephone scam in the area.  This time the calls are originating from (866)251-5403.  Callers are requesting credit card information or payment for past due accounts.  It is not our practice to call and request payment information over the phone for past due accounts.  If you receive a call and are not sure if it is from Benton PUD please hang up and call us immediately at (509) 582-2175.

Senior Day is October 21
Benton PUD invites you to attend Senior Day on Wednesday, October 21 from 9:00am - 1:00 pm.  Community Action Connections will be available to answer questions and assist you in applying for a low income discount.  Presentations will be given in the Kennewick Auditorium on Benton PUD rates and frauds, scams and how to protect yourself.  Come for coffee, cookies and conversation.  For more information contact us at (509) 582-2175. 

Community Solar Coming to Prosser
Benton PUD commissioners approved a second community solar project that will be located in Prosser.  The Old Inland Empire Community Solar Project will be about 25 kilowatts and consist of approximately 88 panels.  Customers who applied for the Ely Community Solar Project but were not selected for the first project will be offered the chance to purchase units in the second project.  The total cost of the project will be customer funded.  For more information about the project contact or call (509) 582-1234.

Benton PUD Bond Rating Affirmed at A+ by Fitch Ratings
Fitch Ratings affirmed its ‘A+’ rating with a stable outlook on Benton PUD’s electric revenue bonds.  Fitch Ratings attributed the excellent rating to Benton PUD's competitive rates, favorable power supply, low debt levels, growing economy, and history of maintaining solid financial metrics. The stable outlook reflects Fitch’s expectation that Benton PUD will maintain financial metrics consistent with median ratios for the rating category.

We want to hear from you!
Benton PUD has contracted with Robinson Research from Spokane to perform a phone survey of our customers.  The survey is designed to help us get a better understanding of our customers’ needs.  If you are contacted, please take a few minutes to answer the questions and provide your feedback.  Thank you!

2015 Rate Increase effective September 1
Benton PUD Commissioners approved a rate increase and new rate design effective September 1, 2015.  The rate increase will range depending on rate class.  As part of the new rate design, residential customers will see the "Monthly Base Charge" replaced with a "Daily System Charge."  On average, this change will result in an increase of $4.55 each month for residential customers.  Click here for the latest information.

Conservation Audits for Commercial Customers

Benton PUD has contracted with Terry Mapes from the Bonneville Power Administration to perform energy efficiency audits for our commercial customers. The audits will help identify electrical efficiency improvements that may be eligible for incentives.  If you are a commercial customer interested in saving money and energy contact Kevin Fischer, Energy Efficiency Advisor at (509) 585-5395.

 Between the Lines - Fall 2015

Energy Savings


Planting a Tree
When planting new overhead power lines make sure to select a tree that is slow growing.  Click here for more information on the right tree in the right location.


Hot Tips to Keep You Cool


Save Energy & Money


Ductless Heat Pump Rebates
Upgrade to a ductless heat pump and you could save between 25% and 50% per year on your electric bill.  Click here to learn more.


Heat Pump Water Heater Rebates
Heat pump water heaters are twice as efficient as conventional electric tank-style.  Click here for rebate information.


ENERGYSTAR® Appliance Rebates


Do-it-Yourself Home Energy Audit

Use the checklist to make your home more energy efficient.


Light Bulb Recycling
Click here from a collection site near you.


Planting a Tree
When planting new overhead power lines make sure to select a tree that is slow growing.  Click here for more information on the right tree in the right location.