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* Benton REA has made it easier than ever to get paid your ownership credits! It is now possible to receive your payments as a bill credit on your electric account.

By purchasing electricity from Benton REA, you are also a member-owner. Your ownership is reflected in ownership credits allocated to you based on the amount of electricity you purchase each year.  When it makes financial sense, your Benton REA Board of Trustees approves the payment of ownership credits. Traditionally, anytime your ownership credit payment was $10 or more, Benton REA mailed you a check. But now, you have new options. These include:

1.    Apply them to your primary active Benton REA electric account. This payment will appear as a credit on your Benton REA electric billing statement. (This option is only applicable to active Benton REA members currently receiving electricity from the co-op). 

2.    Donate them to Benton REA’s Power to Care bill assistance program. Power to Care helps qualifying low-income members pay their past-due electric bills.

3.    Donate them to the Benton REA Education Fund. The Education Fund provides scholarships to local graduating high school seniors as well as pays for the Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., electrical safety demonstrations and member education resources and classes.

4.    Receive a check in the mail. This is the default option. No action is required to receive a check when your ownership credit payment is $10 or more. If your payment is less than $10, it is held in your account until the total is at least $10. 

If you wish to receive your ownership credit payments of $10 or more as a check (Option 4), no action is needed.

To sign up for options 1, 2 or 3 before this year’s ownership credit payment is disbursed, select the option below and click submit before July 15, 2021.

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