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Here in the Pacific Northwest, where we enjoy abundant, low-cost hydroelectric power, EVs are a smart economic choice and an important piece of the region's move away from fossil fuels.Find Out More
As a public utility, it’s important for us to be open and transparent with you—our customer-owners. Here are some highlights from this month’s meeting of your citizen-elected Board of Commissioners.Find Out More
Whether it's ice or snow, windstorms ... or squirrels, you should know what to do when the power goes out.Find Out More
Public Power Week is a great opportunity to honor EWEB's 106 year history and look forward to how we will continue to power a strong community in the years ahead. Our recently adopted Strategic Plan highlights how we will continue to hold true to our core values as a public utility and make significant decisions involving the community's electric supply resources.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
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
New McKenzie River substation will improve the transmission system and allow EWEB to remove 14 miles of transmission lines between Leaburg and Walterville powerhouses.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
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
"ShakeAlert" can provide precious seconds of early warning before the severe shaking waves from an earthquake arrive. We are proud to install sensors at our generation facilities, which will trigger automatic shut down of equipment in the event of an earthquake. The system does not yet support public warnings, but this version allows selected early adopters to develop pilot implementations that demonstrate the system’s utility and develop technologies that pave the way for broader use.Find Out More
In order complete a major powerhouse upgrade, we will close public access to Trail Bridge and Lakes End campgrounds, the Trail Bridge Reservoir boat launch and Smith Reservoir.Find Out More
With approval of a revised agreement, Carmen-Smith can further forge a balance of our community's desire for clean energy with our responsibility to protect and enhance native and endangered fish populations for future generations.Find Out More
Much of the major Carmen Smith powerhouse generating equipment has been in service since 1963, and is operating beyond its expected life span. In late 2016, EWEB submitted an updated relicensing application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for review, and while we expect that it will take the rest of 2017 and possibly part of 2018 for FERC to complete and issue the new license, some modernization work is moving forward.
Staff recently completed the overhaul of the powerhouse gantry crane. The gantry crane is necessary for moving large equipment into and out of the powerhouse. The weight of the major powerhouse equipment planned for replacement ranges from 40 tons up to 140 tons. The next big piece of work is replacing two failing turbine shut-off valves.
The turbine shutoff valves at the Carmen Powerhouse stop water flow to the turbines, protecting the equipment from damage and allowing periodic inspection of, and repairs to, the turbines. Recent testing revealed that the existing 55-year-old valves leak at a rate of approximately 3,400 gallons per minute. Because of this, inspection of the turbines has not been possible for three years.
The new replacement valves were forged in Italy and assembled in Switzerland. They will be shipping overseas soon and are expected to arrive on the project at the beginning of June. A plant outage is necessary to accommodate the valve replacement work. The intent is to dewater the power tunnel/penstock system and be ready to start demolition activities shortly after the valves arrive at Carmen.
In addition to modernizing and replacing equipment at the Carmen Powerhouse and elsewhere throughout the hydroelectric generation project, we will make significant improvements to fish passage facilities and habitat, and upgrade Trail Bridge and Lakes End campgrounds. In order to complete the project safely, we closed public access to Trail Bridge and Lakes End campgrounds, the Trail Bridge Reservoir boat launch and Smith Reservoir. Read more about the five-year closures.
The Carmen plant remains valuable as a carbon-free generation resource that can ramp up and down to meet customers' peak energy needs. In other words, Carmen operates when our community needs power the most and when buying that power on the wholesale market would be most expensive. We expect to invest approximately $100 million modernizing the project and making the habitat and recreation improvements.
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