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The premier water utility trade association in the United States has recognized EWEB’s impressive safety record and proactive approach to implementing best practices for employee safety and health programs as one of the best in the nation.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
Friends of Trees, St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County and the Eugene Science Center each won 2018 Greenpower Grants of up to $50,000 from the Eugene Water & Electric Board’s Greenpower Program.Find Out More
Online voting is underway for 2018 EWEB Greenpower Grants worth up to $50,000 each.Find Out More
Redevelopment efforts for Eugene’s downtown riverfront jumped forward on April 17 when the City completed the purchase of 16 acres of property formerly used as EWEB’s operations yard.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
As a public utility, it's important for us to be open and transparent with you-our customer-owners. Here are some highlights from the April 3, 2018 meeting of your citizen-elected Board of Commissioners.Find Out More
Even small, shallow projects such as planting shrubs, installing a post or removing a root can be dangerous and costly if you inadvertently hit a power line, cable or pipe.Find Out More
Besides battling the western Oregon spring weather of 70 degrees and sunny one moment to torrential downpour the next, meter readers also find themselves faced with the additional challenges of meters blocked by spring vegetation growth and more unsecured dogs as summer approaches.Find Out More
As a public utility, it is important for EWEB to be open and transparent with our customer-owners about how we are performing. We put together a Report to Customers looking back at the key events, accomplishments and challenges of 2017.Find Out More
In late 2017, EWEB had the opportunity to work with SquareOne Villages on cost-saving measures for their tiny homes project, Emerald Village Eugene. Supporting vulnerable members of our community is a priority for EWEB.Find Out More
Supporting vulnerable members of our community with conservation and efficiency programs is a priority for EWEB, which is why we are once again helping tenants and rental owners lower monthly utility bills through the Home Energy Score program.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
For many people, this is the highest energy consumption time of the year. We’ve got some low and no-cost tips to keep the bills down.Find Out More
Our Customer Care programs help thousands of community members who find themeselves in times of hardship, but the need is much greater that what we are able to handle. While we recieve Customer Care donations year-round, in December we highlight the "Share the Warmth" program and celebrate the generosity of neighbors helping neighbors.Find Out More
Part of being a public utility is understanding how you—our customer-owners—rate our performance, and making decisions that reflect the values and choices of the community.
Public utilities like EWEB are distinctly different from the investor-owned electric providers, and even rural electric cooperatives, because we are fully accountable to our customers. You have a say in the policies and practices of your electric and water utility.
As part of our commitment to accountability and transparency, we regularly conduct customer satisfaction surveys, as well as focus groups and stakeholder interviews to measure customers' opinions and identify trends over time. Through routine outreach in a variety of forms, and through qualitative, informal feedback, we've built up a clear body of research about how you view our performance, and your priorities in terms of products, services, programs, and spending.
We use surveys to understand your preferences and expectations on a variety of subjects, including product quality and reliability, service, communication and prices. We also collect feedback through more in-depth focus groups, expert panels and advisory committee discussions about emerging and current issues such as modernization efforts, plans to diversify our water sources, pricing models, conservation programs and community or environmental initiatives. Through post-program participation or transactional surveys, we learn about your individual experiences with EWEB employees and program contractors.
Ultimately, the goal of this outreach is to better align our work with your needs and expectations.
The most recent customer satisfaction survey was completed in 2015; the first quarterly survey of 2017 wraps up in early May.
In 2015, a total of 1,109 randomly-sampled residential customers completed or partially completed interviews (816 online and 293 by phone). Here are a few high-level results:
The survey also included a "Gap Analysis," providing insights into the relationship between importance and satisfaction. In 2015, the most significant differences between satisfaction and importance existed for efforts to control costs, protection of drinking water sources, and responsiveness to customer needs and concerns.
The gap between importance and satisfaction with efforts to control costs is a clear improvement opportunity, and a trend we've seen for several years running.
In 2016, we did not issue a customer satisfaction survey, but instead hired a consultant to conduct one-on-one interviews with a cross-section of community stakeholders to gather meaningful feedback about the future direction of the utility. Twenty-two people representing business interests, community organizations, nonprofits, energy advocates, young professionals and other opinion leaders participated.
The interview results were mostly consistent with past satisfaction surveys. Reliability is the clear top priority. The interviewees gave us high marks for customer service and conservation programs. And while they viewed economic development and social needs support as important community issues, they questioned EWEB's role and spending in these areas.
We heard similar feedback about community programs in the 2015 Customer Satisfaction Survey. Community involvement such as grants, sponsorships and special events are considered a strategic or "value-added" activity, according to customer research, and rank below safety, reliability and affordability.
Customer feedback about spending priorities and satisfaction with efforts to control costs are driving factors behind General Manager Frank Lawson's new affordability target. Currently, EWEB customers spend approximately 4 percent of the median income in Eugene on power and water bills. Frank would like us to be closer to 3.2 percent of median income, a 20 percent improvement. To get there, Frank and our Executive Team are working on plans to trim $15 million and some 60 full-time position from the annual budget by 2020.
More outreach planned
We're continuning our outreach to gather detailed information on customer sentiment. Some of the upcoming initiatives include:
By participating in these surveys and other public engagement activities, you have the opportunity to exercise your voice on big questions we face, including investments in local infrastructure, energy conservation and energy efficiency programs, budget and prices, energy resources, customer policies, and level of support for environmental and community programs.
We will keep you updated on the results of our outreach, as well as our plans and progress.
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Eugene, OR 97401
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