Electric Outage: 1-844-484-2300
Water Emergency: 541-685-7595
EWEB Main: 541-685-7000
EWEB staff developed an After Action Report to review EWEB's response to the February 2019 snow storm and the impacts of the storm, both on the community and EWEB's electrical infrastructure.Find Out More
EWEB commissioners will host presentations at an upriver meeting on April 23, including an update on Carmen-Smith Hydroelectric Project construction, the Leaburg Canal seepage repair project and timeline, as well as a briefing on EWEB's outage and restoration response following the Feb. 25 snow storm.Find Out More
Following the 2016 ice storm, we applied for grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to make resiliency improvements to our electric system to reduce the frequency and duration of storm-related outages in several areas prone to storm damage.The agency has thus far approved 15 of the 16 proposed reliability projects, and will fund 75 percent of the cost, estimated to be about $3 million. The final project should be approved later this spring.Find Out More
Due to recent severe weather conditions our meter reading staff could not safely complete their assigned routes Feb. 24-28, 2019. Customers in a few areas of Eugene, east Springfield and the McKenzie River Valley will have estimated readings on their next bill.Find Out More
Fourteen full crews worked in the McKenzie River area Sunday, whittling down the number of upriver customers without power to less than 860 as of 3 p.m. With cell service still down in the area, reports from field crews are limited to radio communication, making it more difficult to keep upriver restoration information current. Starting with more than 14,000 customers out of service on Monday, fewer than 920 of our customers now remain without service on Sunday. Most repair work in Eugene is limited to incidents with just a few services out of power. Several smaller teams have spread out across Eugene to continue working these service restorationsFind Out More
As of 8 a.m. Saturday morning, there are just under 2,000 customers who remain without power. This includes a little over 200 in the Eugene area, and about 1,700 in the Mckenzie River Valley. Most of the remaining Eugene-area outages are single homes, which can be extremely labor intensive, particulalry those with accessibility issues, such as backyard service lines with no access for bucket trucks. We will continue to work until every customer is restored.Find Out More
EWEB and contract crews made substantial progress restoring power to customers Friday, turning the lights back on for more than 1,000 customers.Find Out More
We expect to restore about 1,000 customers in the Eugene area today. Please note that work conditions are dynamic and subject to change based on equipment damage, tree hazards and changing weather conditions.Find Out More
EWEB and contract crews made substantial progress restoring power to customers Thursday, turning the lights back on for several thousand residents impacted by the snow storm that struck Sunday night. Starting with more than 14,000 customers out of service on Monday, less than 4,500 remained without service as of 5 p.m. Thursday. In the Eugene area, about 2,800 customers are still waiting for restoration, along with about 1,700 McKenzie River residents.Find Out More
New snowfall overnight stalled restoration progress made over the past 48 hours as three major feeder lines and a transmission line went down Wednesday morning.EWEB and contract crews late Tuesday night were able to reduce the number of customers without power to about 6,000. That figure is down from a high of more than 14,000 on Monday. Falling trees and snow damage brought down the Eugene-area feeder and transmission lines early Wednesday, and the number of customers without power climbed up to 7,800 as of 1 p.m.Find Out More
Eugene Water & Electric Board and contract line crews made significant progress restoring power overnight Monday and into Tuesday, with more than 6,300 customers returned to service. As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, there are about 7,600 EWEB customers without service, down from more than 14,000 without power at 5 p.m. Monday.Find Out More
In our ongoing efforts to make more information available to customers, we want to share a new tool: the Power Outage Map. The map, accessible at eweb.org/outage, provides the general location of a power outage within EWEB’s service area, along with various details that will emerge as field technicians investigate the cause and determine repair strategies.Find Out More
In partnership with the Bethel School District, we’ll open the first emergency water distribution station at the Bethel Farm on Oct. 6 with a “FILL UP at the Farm” grand opening event. A key component of EWEB’s ongoing initiative to prepare for emergencies, whether earthquake, forest fire or other disaster, is to establish at least five of these geographically dispersed emergency water stations within the next five years.Find Out More
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
EWEB Commissioners will consider eliminating the second, higher-cost residential electric consumption tier and replacing it with a single flat price.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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