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Big Bend Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a member owned electric utility cooperative serving about 8,500 homes, businesses and farm accounts in the Columbia Basin area of Eastern Washington. Our headquarters is located in Ritzville, Washington. We also have a district office located in Mesa, Washington. Please take some time to get to know us a little better. After all, we are not just your power company. We are your family, friends and neighbors. Welcome.
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  • Appreciating Our Youth

    Big Bend Electric offers opportunity in the form of scholarships and leadership training

    By Dale Anderson

    Most people have heard the statements that begin with, “When I was your age …” then fill in the blank with any truth or half-truth of yesteryear. The intent is to express how tough they had it growing up. Oddly enough, the really fun times are often ignored, and that is a shame. Big Bend Electric Cooperative wants this generation to talk about special programs provided by the co-op. Throughout Big Bend’s 76 years as an electric co-op, it has understood that giving back is important. And what better way is there to give back than to invest in the future? Read the Full Article

  • A Gift for the Community

    Just outside Pasco sits a Christmas haven sure to brighten the holidays

    By Dale Anderson

    Many people have a favorite holiday. When those days come around, you can see a real change in people, and sometimes their home. On the Fourth of July, flags and red, white and blue decorations show off their patriotism. On Halloween, the same home may be decorated as a haunted house. For Dwight and Paula Johnson, who live a short distance from Birch Road near Pasco, outside lighting is a labor of love. Read the Full Article

  • New Board Member Joins Big Bend

    Second-generation board trustee Lanny Hayes to represent District 3

    By Dale Anderson

    At the 76th Big Bend Electric Co-op annual meeting in Ritzville, Rhody L. “Lanny” Hayes was elected to take over the District 3 position for James Person, who retired from the board that day. Lanny’s father, Lawrence, served on the Big Bend board from 1974 to 1982. Lanny’s family moved to the Mesa/ Basin City area in 1956 from Lucille, Idaho, when Lanny was 6 years old. His father was a veteran of World War II and was eligible for the lottery of units in Block 19. The family settled on a unit along Drummond Road and Road 170. Read the Full Article

  • Big Bend Electric Co-op Delays Rate Increase

    BBEC members get to ring in the new year with no increased power cost

    By Dale Anderson
    Big Bend Electric Co-op receives all of its power from the Bonneville Power Administration. BPA provides some of the lowest cost power in the United States, with about 88 percent coming from Columbia and Snake rivers dams. We are fortunate to live in the Pacific Northwest and receive this clean, efficient source of power. Every two years, BPA studies energy-use patterns and growth in the Northwest. During the first year, it figures out how much energy is available to each of its customers. Read the Full Article