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The University of Oregon, Eugene Water & Electric Board and City of Eugene are partnering with local auto dealers to bring the benefits of electric vehicles to more households.Find Out More
Five Eugene organizations have made the final cut for consideration for 2018 Greenpower Grants worth up to $50,000 each to fund high-impact projects that increase the use of renewable energy sources, the adoption of emerging technologies, or reduce/offset our community’s carbon footprint.Find Out More
We are partnering this week with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies to study methods to preserve young Pacific and brook lamprey during lake and reservoir drawdowns.Find Out More
If your home is burning fossil fuels such as natural gas or oil, we have programs to help you upgrade to clean, efficient electricity.Find Out More
With help from our Smart Growth Programs, the Eugene Country Club recently switched from a natural gas boiler to a clean, efficient electric heat pump system that will reduce the County Club’s HVAC carbon emissions by 95% and shave off thousands of dollars in annual operating expenses.Find Out More
EWEB used a novel approach to place 300 yards of gravel and small rock in an area of the McKenzie favored by bull trout for spawning.Find Out More
In our area, it will cost you $3.41 to go 100 miles in an electric vehicle, compared to $12.16 in a gas-powered car. Tax credits sweeten the deal. In addition to the existing $2,500-$7,500 federal tax credit, the State of Oregon’s new rebate of up to $2,500 will go into effect in 2018.Find Out More
Want to save energy, reduce your carbon footprint, lower your utility bills and improve the comfort of your home? We can help!Find Out More
We are fortunate to have one of the cleanest power portfolios in the nation, with almost no electricity sourced from fossil fuels. How much do you know about our community’s primary power resource—clean, renewable hydropower?Find Out More
A new program is helping make monthly electricity bills more affordable for customers who rent.Find Out More
With the promise of hot, dry weather in the forecast, you may be thinking about watering the lawn and garden. If you water your landscape, you probably see a significant increase in your summer water bills. The following tips can help you water less—and more wisely.Find Out More
How lucky are we to have some of the cleanest, safest, best-tasting water in the world, right here in our community?Find Out More
Carmen-Smith is a network of three dams and reservoirs and two power-generating plants located just a few miles downstream from the headwaters of the McKenzie River. EWEB recently submitted a modified Settlement Agreement that addresses the economic realities of the region’s energy markets, while honoring our original commitment to environmental and recreational enhancements at the project.Find Out More
With the onset of the new growing season, spring is an optimal time to assess and promote the health of the trees on your property. The following tips may help you identify potential problems and protect your portion of Eugene’s urban forest.Find Out More
The Arbor Day Foundation has recognized the Eugene Water & Electric Board for a ninth consecutive year for its commitment to proper tree pruning, planting and care of the city’s trees.Find Out More
For the past several years, the Eugene Water & Electric Board has been using alternative fuels such as ethanol and bio-diesel as a way to meet fossil fuel and carbon emission reduction goals. In the fall of 2015, the utility's fleet operations stepped out on a limb to try something different - renewable diesel, or R99.
Renewable diesel, also known as green diesel or second-generation biodiesel, is the product of fats or vegetable oils-alone or blended with petroleum-refined by a hydrogenation process rather than the chemical process by which biodiesel is made.
Renewable diesel can be used in engines that are designed to run on conventional diesel fuel, so no retrofitting is needed. EWEB also discovered that renewable diesel is much easier of vehicle engines and diesel particulate filter systems.
The fact that UPS and the city of San Francisco made commitments to switch over to this new product caught Fleet Supervisor Gary Lentsch's attention.
"When we adopted our Greenhouse Gas Reduction goals in 2010, I admit that they seemed lofty and possibly unattainable," Lentsch said. "We were making progress by replacing older vehicles with more fuel-efficient hybrid and/or electric cars, but price and cold-weather performance were limiting factors to alternative fuel-blending."
Renewable diesel is an emerging market, so EWEB, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Energy, teamed up with Eugene-based The Jerry Brown Co. to act as the local supplier.
Converting to R99 for its 85 diesel-fueled vehicle means that EWEB will exceed its 2030 fossil fuel usage reduction target of 50 percent by as early as next year, while providing similar, if not better performance than conventional diesel, Lentsch said.
Other local agencies, including Lane County Public Works, are taking notice and following EWEB's lead. "They all see this new fuel as a win-win solution to reduce our fossil fuel footprint without impacting operations," Lentsch said.
EWEB received its first shipment of R99 from The Jerry Brown Co. in September for field-testing, at a cheaper price than bio-diesel, and found no performance hiccups. Another bonus - the R99 purchased had about 70 percent less carbon content than conventional diesel, and 60 percent less than biodiesel.
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