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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
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
EWEB is in the process of relicensing our Carmen-Smith Hydroelectric Project to operate for at least 40 more years. Replacing the massive turbine shut-off valves is one of the first key steps in the powerhouse modernization 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 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
Green Fleet has named EWEB’s Fleet Services the 14th Greenest Fleet in North America. It is the second time EWEB has been recognized through this awards program.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
After almost two years of extensive planting to establish native trees, shrubs and wetland plant species at the Walterville Pond, the conversion from a man-made pond to a naturalized wetland is nearly complete.Find Out More
Housing and Community Services of Lane County and Buena Vista Elementary School each won a 2016 Greenpower grant of up to $50,000 from EWEB's Greenpower program. The announcement was made at BRING Recycling's Earth Day Birthday Party in April, and marks a milestone for the Greenpower grant program, which has awarded more than $1 million to local nonprofit renewable energy projects, research and education since the grants were first introduced in 2009.Find Out More
Community volunteers in February joined a half-dozen agencies to collect and remove garbage and other debris from lower McKenzie River riparian areas.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?
We have a lot to appreciate here in Eugene, from our beautiful parks and open spaces, to world class sports, great craft beer, clean water, and beautiful weather (well, for at least a few months of the year). When you think of all the things that make Eugene a great place to live, one thing you might not immediately consider is our energy source. If you are an EWEB customer, you're experiencing the benefits of hydropower, maybe without even realizing it.
Our beautiful local rivers not only support diverse recreation, vibrant farms, and abundant fish and wildlife, but they also are our primary source of clean, reliable and affordable energy.
Hydropower is a form of renewable energy that uses water stored in dams, or flowing in rivers, to create electricity. Falling or flowing water spins a turbine, activating a generator that converts the energy into electricity, which is then fed into the electrical grid to be used by homes and businesses.
Nearly 80 percent of Eugene's power comes from hydroelectric projects.
EWEB customers own or co-own four such projects: Leaburg, Stone Creek, Walterville and Carmen-Smith. The Carmen-Smith Hydroelectric Project, located 70 miles east of Eugene on the upper McKenzie River is our largest utility-owned power source, and has reliably served Eugene with low-cost hydropower since 1963.
Carmen-Smith helps us manage electricity prices because the generator can ramp up and down to meet our customers' peak energy needs. In other words, Carmen-Smith operates when our community needs power the most and when buying that power on the wholesale market would be most expensive.
Our region's hydroelectric plants are valuable also as a carbon-free generation resource. Because it's fueled by water, the Northwest's hydroelectric power base does not produce air pollution or greenhouse gas emissions. Thanks to hydropower, the region is able to avoid the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to more than 10 million cars. That means we're all breathing easier thanks to the clean air benefits of hydropower.
Resiliency is another key benefit of our local hydro generation projects. We are working on building a 'resilient spine' in our electric transmission system. The idea is to enable us to move power from local generating resources to critical facilities, such as hospitals and public safety agencies, in an emergency. With about 110 MW of capacity, reliable and locally-controlled Carmen-Smith plays a significant role in this concept.
This month, we're joining Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and other Pacific Northwest utilities that use hydropower in promoting Hydropower Flows Here, an education and information campaign about the various attributes of this renewable, clean, reliable source of electricity that powers nearly 60 percent of Northwest homes and businesses. Here are some interesting hydro facts from BPA:
Hydropower is efficient. Hydropower plants at dams convert about 90 percent of the energy in falling water into electrical energy. By comparison, fossil-fueled plants lose more than half of the energy content of their fuel as waste heat and gases.
Hydropower is secure. Water from our rivers is largely a domestic resource that is not subject to disruptions from foreign suppliers, cost fluctuations in power markets, international political crises or transportation outages.
Hydropower is flexible. By adjusting the amount of water flowing through the dams, hydropower can be increased or decreased very quickly to meet changes in demand for power. This meets a fundamental requirement of all electric grids, which is that demand must exactly match supply at all times to keep the system stable.
Hydropower allows for the growth of other renewable resources. Hydropower is a great "back-up" for wind and solar power. For example, it can be ramped up to meet demand when the wind is not blowing, and dialed down at times of high winds.
Hydropower is affordable. Because hydropower costs less than most energy sources, states that get the majority of their electricity from hydropower—like Idaho, Washington and Oregon—have lower energy bills than the rest of the country.
The next time you turn on the light switch, make a pot of coffee or charge your electric vehicle, remember that "Hydropower Flows Here!"
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