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EWEB is already in compliance with a new proposed federal rule that would require municipalities to test for PFAs, or forever chemicals, in drinking water. The good news for EWEB customers is that in over ten years of testing we have not found PFAs in our water.Find Out More
The EWEB Board of Commissioners meet on the first Tuesday of the month.Find Out More
To maintain the reliability customers have come to know and trust, EWEB must address an aging infrastructure bubble.Find Out More
EWEB General Manager Frank Lawson delivered his annual State of the Utility Address at the March 7 public Board of Commissioners meeting.Find Out More
Greenpower Grants, a program funded by voluntary Greenpower customer subscriptions is currently accepting applications. The grant will fund a high-impact project that increase the use of renewable energy sources, the adoption of emerging technologies, clean energy education and reduce or offset our community's carbon footprint.Find Out More
Eugene is one of the largest cities on the west coast with only a single source of drinking water, the McKenzie River. And though the McKenzie is a pure, reliable water source, EWEB will secure a second source ensure resiliency in the future, planning to build a water treatment plant on the Willamette River, upstream of Eugene and Springfield.Find Out More
For the past year, EWEB’s electric division has been preparing for a complete reconstruction of the Currin substation. Quite simply, it’s reached the end of its useful life.Find Out More
EWEB is building two 7.5-million-gallon water storage tanks on a 10-acre property at East 40th and Patterson Street in South Eugene. The tanks are part of our work to improve EWEB’s water storage infrastructure for future resiliency to earthquakes and climate change. People who live nearby have been watching the progress of the work since summer 2021.Find Out More
EWEB has awarded nearly $125,000 in grant funds to local organizations that promote electric mobility and reduce community carbon emissions.Find Out More
Grantees in the McKenzie River Valley can receive up to $35,000 eachFind Out More
Collaborating with the City of Eugene, a Climate Guidebook, and priorities for upriver EWEB customers were the main topics at the Feb. 7 Board of Commissioners meeting. The five-member Board serves without pay and is elected by EWEB customers. Their job is to establish policies and values and set EWEB’s long-term direction. Board meetings are open to the public and include opportunities for public comment.Find Out More
You may have noticed a plaque along the sidewalk on East 4th Avenue near the entrance to the employee parking lot at EWEB’s former headquarters building. It commemorates Wiley Griffon. He’s not considered the first Black resident of Eugene. But he is the first one mentioned by name, according to scholars.Find Out More
World Pulses Day is celebrated on February 10, and is a day to celebrate and spread information on the environmental and personal health benefits of pulses, aka beans, peas and lentils.Find Out More
Eugene has some of the best drinking water in the world. That’s thanks to our source, the pristine McKenzie River. It’s also thanks to the people at EWEB; whether an engineer designing a new reservoir, a treatment plant operator ensuring the safety and quality of drinking water, or a member of a crew maintaining the infrastructure in our community, water professionals work around the clock to ensure tap water is there when you need it.Find Out More
The Eugene City Council approved the purchase of EWEB's former riverfront headquarters property at a meeting on Jan. 30. The terms of the deal state that the City of Eugene will purchase the 4.4-acre property, which includes two buildings and parking lots, for $12 million.Find Out More
July 15, 2021
The Eugene Water & Electric Board will award $50,000 grants to The Eugene Mission and Friends of Trees Eugene Metro later this month after Greenpower program subscribers voted for their top two projects out of 11 proposals.
EWEB opened grant applications to eligible organizations in May and received one of the highest numbers of proposals since the grant started in 2007.
Funds for the grants come from voluntary Greenpower customer contributions designated for reinvestment in local renewable projects and programs. Any EWEB customer can participate in the EWEB Greenpower premium subscription program.
The grant is open to tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, schools, and academic institutions, or government and other public agencies. Applications for the grant could include the installation of renewable energy systems, battery storage systems, research or studies centering on renewable energy, educational curriculum or workshop development, or carbon emission offsets.
The Eugene Mission plans to use the grant to install a solar energy system for a new Learning Center on its campus to assist unhoused families and community members. The organization is in the process of renovating one of its twelve buildings on its 7.5-acre campus to create the Learning Center. The Learning Center will include a culinary training kitchen, meeting and classroom spaces, a computer lab, and a therapeutic day-use area for the growing population of homeless families. "The Eugene Mission is honored to be chosen for an EWEB GreenPower Grant to power the new Eugene Mission Learning Center on our campus," said Beth Sheehan, director of Philanthropy, "The center will serve as the central hub for all Eugene Mission classes and activities and will benefit all guests of the Eugene Mission and the broader community."
This is the second award for Friends of Trees, which won a grant in 2018 to fund a large-scale volunteer tree planting event in west Eugene. The 2021 grant will be used for another tree planting effort with a focus on urban areas and communities historically excluded from the benefits of green space. The project will also include engaging volunteers in tree stewardship to promote more sustainable neighborhoods and urban habitat areas. Erik Burke, Eugene-Springfield Director at Friends of Trees, said they are very excited to receive the grant. "The pandemic, fires, racial justice issues, and extreme heat of the last few years, have focused our urban tree planting work more intentionally on equity, sustainability, and resilience. The Greenpower grant will support this work engaging community volunteers to plant trees in key areas," Burke added.
Other notable proposals included proposals for solar energy systems from McKenzie School District and the Eugene/Springfield NAACP. Some other applications included renewable energy research and educational installations.
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*Photo caption: Volunteers planting trees at a 2018 event hosted by Friends of Trees, funded in part by a 2018 Greenpwoer Grant. Photo courtesy of Erik Burke/Friends of Trees
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