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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
We’re fortunate in Eugene to have an abundant supply of clean, healthy drinking water. But the crisis in Salem is yet another reminder of the need to plan and prepare for a water emergency.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
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
If you have a 72-hour emergency kit and a disaster plan for your family, then you have a great start on emergency preparedness. Here are some New Year’s tips to help you take the next steps to be ready for whatever 2018 may bring.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
Whether it's ice or snow, windstorms ... or squirrels, you should know what to do when the power goes out.Find Out More
Our Affordability Initiative is already delivering positive results for customers, with a water price decrease set to go into effect Feb. 1, 2018, and no electric price change for the second year in a row.Find Out More
The Oregon Residential Energy Tax Credit will expire at the end of 2017. If you’re considering these energy-efficient upgrades, make your purchase before Dec. 31 to take advantage of the tax credit.Find Out More
Getting the family together for Thanksgiving dinner? Take some time to talk about emergency preparedness.Find Out More
More than 30 emergency responders from multiple local agencies conducted a live “spill drill” in late October on the McKenzie River above Leaburg Dam. Participants practiced containing a fictitious fuel spill using the McKenzie Watershed Emergency Response System (MWERS).Find Out More
The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded $3.5 million to EWEB in late May to help offset the financial costs of the devastating ice storm that struck Eugene on Dec. 15, 2016.
The ice storm was among the most severe faced by EWEB and our customers over the 106-year history of the utility. The trees and wires brought down by the ice, along with damage to poles, transformers and other infrastructure, affected approximately 22,000 customers.
We spent approximately $4.7 million restoring service to customers and making repairs to our electric transmission and distribution system from Dec. 15 through Dec. 24. The FEMA grant of $3.5 million covers about 75 percent of our costs.
We maintain a $2 million operating reserve to cover unanticipated costs. We covered the destruction caused by the December ice storm with working cash that had accumulated throughout the year.
The $3.5 million from FEMA will go back into the working cash fund. We will absorb the $1.2 million not covered by the FEMA grant without raising electricity prices - customers have not, and will not, incur any additional costs resulting from the storm and the recovery efforts.
We did not increase residential electricity prices in 2017. In addition to the $1.5 million EWEB budgets for low-income assistance each year, we added another $100,000 following the ice storm to help customers cover bills due to the prolonged cold snap.
"The December ice storm was devastating for EWEB and our customers in many ways. From a financial perspective, this was the largest restoration effort in EWEB's 106-year history," said Susan Fahey, EWEB's chief financial officer. "The FEMA grant will help our customer-owners, who already endured extensive and prolonged power outages, avoid further financial impacts."
There were more than 1,600 tree incidents affecting EWEB infrastructure during the ice storm and its aftermath. City-wide, there were more than 3,200 trees removed or pruned due to storm damage. The ice also caused significant damage to streets and private property, including homes and vehicles As the ice storm hit, our emergency managers began calling in outside electric repair crews to help with restoration.
In addition to the five EWEB crews, 24 crews from other utilities and private contractors helped restore service. EWEB and the outside crews repaired 135 linear miles of wire, 185 poles or cross arms and replaced 44 transformers.
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