Electric Outage: 1-844-484-2300
Water Emergency: 541-685-7595
EWEB Main: 541-685-7000
With the dry late spring we have been experiencing, you might be preparing to turn your sprinkler system on for the first time this year. Following a few tips can help you water wisely.Find Out More
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
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
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
Eugene Water & Electric Board has been recognized as the third healthiest medium-sized employer in Oregon, and one of the healthiest 100 workplaces in America.Find Out More
Eugene Water & Electric Board commissioners on Dec. 4 unanimously approved a $306.2 million 2019 budget that includes no residential electric or water price increases.Find Out More
Three EWEB line crews on Tuesday marked their 15th straight day working to restore electric service to the thousands of people victimized by the Camp Fire that struck northern California on Nov. 8.Find Out More
Eugene Water & Electric Board’s Run to Stay Warm, featuring a half-marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids’ 400-meter dash, is on Sunday, Nov. 18.Find Out More
With guidance and support provided through EWEB's commercial energy efficiency programs, the developer of a new five-story mixed-use building incorporated efficient LED lighting and a ductless heat pump system.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
To our customers:
The past several years have been difficult and financially challenging for the Eugene Water & Electric Board. I'm pleased to report that Oregon's largest customer-owned utility has turned a significant corner and is today in a healthy financial position.
For many years, EWEB has sold surplus power to other Northwest utilities and used that revenue to hold down electric prices. But the advent of hydraulic fracturing created an oversupply of natural gas which caused wholesale electric prices to collapse. Without that revenue, the utility was forced to increase the prices we charge customers for electricity.
Rather than passively accepting this new situation, we've launched significant steps in the past few years to become more efficient, lower operating costs, reduce debt and defer or delay certain capital projects. The goal of these measures is to make EWEB more affordable for you, our customers.
In June, EWEB sold its Smith Creek Hydroelectric Project in northern Idaho. Because we have more power than our customers need, coupled with the depressed wholesale market, it made sense to sell Smith Creek. EWEB took the sale proceeds, added some funds from reserves, and paid off $27 million in debt.
In August, we refinanced $115 million in electric bonds to secure a lower interest rate. EWEB was able to accomplish this because the financial rating agencies studied our financial outlook and gave us high marks. Both Moody's and Fitch upgraded the electric utility's rating, and affirmed the water utility's strong rating.
The result of these actions for the electric utility is that EWEB will save about $47 million in principal and interest payments over the next six to 10 years. On the water side, we refinanced $29 million in bonds, which reduced debt payments by $5.6 million.
I continue to work with EWEB managers and staff to find more effective and efficient way to provide the high quality service our customers want and deserve. We've already identified over $2.5 million in cost savings for 2017.
The good news is that there will be no electric or water price increase for our residential customers in 2017.
These financial results and cost-cutting measures are good for customers and the community. We have less debt, excellent credit and we are positioned well to finance important projects such as the Carmen-Smith relicensing work and the second water plant in the future. Being strong financially helps us make good long-term decisions.
Stayed tuned. More good work is in progress.
500 East Fourth Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401
Phone hours: 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Lobby hours: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.